Urgent Museum Notice


Reclining light skinned nude woman seen from behind wearing a gorilla mask on bright yellow background. Large black text reads, 'Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Musem?' Smaller black and red text reads, 'Less than 3% of artists in the Modern Art sections are women, but 83% of the nudes are female.'
NMWA advocates for women artists—and you can, too.

Righting the Balance for Women Artists

For centuries, social conventions limited the training available to women artists, the subjects they could render, and the ways they could market art to patrons. Gender bias is less overt today, but contemporary women artists still face obstacles and disparities. Historical trailblazers still deserve to have their stories told.

NMWA is more than an art museum. Through our work, we aim to right the balance for women artists and improve gender inequity in the art world. Learn more about our advocacy work and how you can take action.

Quick Facts

Graphic by Mara Kurlandsky, NMWA
Photo credit: Kevin Allen
Carolina Sardi, Black Holes, 2012; Courtesy of the artist and Pan American Art Projects Miami; Photo by Mariano Costa Peuser
Photo credit: Traci Christensen, NMWA

Take Action for Women in the Arts

How can you help? Most people can’t start their own gallery or museum, but there are small things anyone can do to learn, take action, and help advocate for women artists.

Other Ways to Advocate


A medium skin toned woman in a yellow top and brightly patterned long skirt with flowers in her hair looks to her right at a painting of a similarly dressed woman.
Your support helps us champion women in the arts by presenting exhibitions, educational programs, and publications featuring the work of women artists.

Become a Member

Members help advance our mission and enjoy free admission and other perks.


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Our dedicated corps of well-trained volunteers is one of the museum’s most valuable resources.