Women’s History Month

Image of five women dancing and wearing banana skirts
Faith Ringgold, American Collection #4: Jo Baker’s Bananas, 1997; Purchased with funds donated by the Estate of Barbara Bingham Moore, Olga V. Hargis Family Trusts and the Members Acquisition Fund. Photograph courtesy of the artist; © 1997 Faith Ringgold

Celebrate Women’s History Month with us!

The museum’s mission year-round is to address gender imbalance in the art world, but every March—Women’s History Month—NMWA has an opportunity to catch the attention of a wider audience to celebrate women artists. Check out what’s going on this year!

What’s On for Women’s History Month 2018


NMWA’s popular social media campaign to highlight women in the arts is back for a third year, and we’re placing a special emphasis on sharing the stories of women artists of color. Take the challenge by following/posting about #5WomenArtists on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and tag us @WomenInTheArts.



Not sure where to start? Learn about 5 women artists in our Women’s History Month special video series!


Download our set of graphics and campaign information to use! 

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Red graphic with white text reading: 51% of visual artists in the United States are women. But they earn 81 cents for every $1 earned by male artists. Blue graphic with white and yellow text that reads: In Janson's Basic History of Western Art, 8% of the 300+ artists are women. Less than 1% are women of color. Yellow graphic with white and black text reading: Over 30 artists have been awarded the Turner Prize. Only 8 are women artists. Lubaina Himid became the 1st woman artist of color to win, in 2017.


Museum Events

Tour: Fierce Women

March 4, 2018
1–2 p.m. Attend a free drop-in tour celebrating the “fierce women” who blazed trails as artists, activists, and innovators. Part of Free Community Day.

Film: Womanhouse

March 4, 2018
2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m. This documentary explores the 1972 art installation and performance space organized by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon 2018

March 17, 2018
10 a.m.–3 p.m. Help us improve Wikipedia articles about women artists and encourage more women to become editors.

Righting the Balance III: Can there be gender parity in museums?

March 18, 2017
4:30–8 p.m. This Fresh Talk explores whether true gender parity in museums is possible.

NMWA Nights: Welcome to Our House

March 28, 2018
6–8:30 p.m. Explore your crafty side, NMWA’s collection, and special exhibition Women House during this happy hour event.



Hung Liu In Print

January 19–July 8, 2018
This exhibition explores the relationship between Chinese-American artist Hung Liu’s multi-layered paintings and her works on paper.

Women House

March 9–May 28, 2018
Inspired by the landmark 1972 project “Womanhouse,” Women House challenges conventional ideas about gender and the domestic space.

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