Tour: Nasty Women

Celebrate the “nasty women” who blazed trails.

The Women’s Museum is brimming with artwork by and about women who thrived as professionals and influencers despite social norms that denounced such public, “unfeminine” behavior. Discover a diverse cast of “nasty women” who refused to let men define their place; thumbed their noses at the limited roles society accorded them; and blazed a trail as artists, activists, and innovators. From the 16th-century painter who was the family breadwinner to the contemporary photographer shaping new dialogues about gender roles, the women you encounter prove that nasty gets the job done.

Presented as part of Free Community Weekend: Women’s March on Washington, offering free admission and programming all weekend, January 21–22.


Not required, but space is limited. First come, first served—sign up at the Information Desk upon arrival. Tour departs from the Great Hall. 


  • Film screening: Can we change it?
    2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.—Learn more about Fresh Talk, the signature program of the museum’s Women, Arts, and Social Change initiative through a film screening


National Museum of Women in the Arts