Take A Pledge

Two women hold red signs with empowering messages and one reads #5WomenArtists

Take a pledge to support women in the arts!

This year’s #5WomenArtists campaign is all about moving from awareness to action. Here are suggested pledges for organizations and individuals to take, but feel free to come up with your own!

  1. Share your pledge on your social media accounts
  2. Tell your friends and family, and challeng them to take a pledge!
  3. Extra credit: use one of our shareable pledge graphics—add text using your favorite photo app or though Instagram Stories

For museums, galleries, and arts and cultural organizations:

WE PLEDGE TO...

  • Highlight more women artists on social media throughout the year
  • Write five (or more) blog posts throughout the year highlighting women artists
  • Add more women artists to our online collection
  • Sell more women-made products in our organization’s shop
  • Establish a program for women artists in our community: this could include a social or networking event, symposium, workshop, panel discussion, grant, new scholarship, etc.
  • Commit to organizing an exhibition of the work of a woman artist(s) in the next year or two
  • Determine the ratio of women artists in the collection by conducting a survey
  • Increase the ratio of artworks by women on display in the next collection rotation
  • Acquire a new work by a woman artist for the collection in the next year
  • Achieve gender equity in our exhibition schedule in the next five years

For individuals:

I PLEDGE TO... 

Be observant & learn about the issue:

  • Learn about gender inequity in the arts through some shocking statistics
  • Take a mental tally of the gender representation on the walls of the next museum or gallery that I visit
  • Locate at least five women artists in the next museum or gallery that I visit
  • Post images of works by women artists I see in museums or galleries on social media & tag them with #5WomenArtists

Be vocal about the importance of gender equity:

  • When I see an exhibition/museum/gallery that has few or no women: I’ll leave a comment or tell the museum or gallery that I’d like to see more women represented
  • When I see an exhibition/museum/gallery that has a good gender balance, solo shows by women artists, or features majority women, I will:
    • Tell the staff I appreciate it
    • Leave a good review of the space online
    • Tell my friends to visit
  • Share on social media about specific exhibitions that feature women artists or majority women and where to find them
  • Ask my university’s art history department to include more women in the curriculum

Support women artists directly:

  • Buy a work of art by a woman artist
  • Ask my local museum or other art spaces to carry products by women designers in their gift shops
  • Follow women artists on social media

Be vocal about my own experience as a woman artist:

  • Share a photo of my studio/art practice on social media
  • Organize a community exhibition of local women artists
  • Start a support group or skill share with other women artists

Support organizations that are working towards gender equity in the arts!

  • Become a member of NMWA
  • Bring five friends with me to visit NMWA or attend an event

Share your pledge!

Use our templates to add your pledge and share on social media. More colors and sizes are available for download.

Downloadable graphic that reads "to support women artists and advance gender equity, I pledge to:" with #5WomenArtists        Downloadable graphic that reads "to support women artists and advance gender equity, I pledge to:" with #5WomenArtists

Downloadable graphic that reads "to support women artists and advance gender equity, I pledge to:" with #5WomenArtists

National Museum of Women in the Arts