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!


NMWA’s popular social media campaign to highlight women in the arts is back for its fifth year with a focus on women artists changing the world! How can you take part?

Take the challenge by posting about #5WomenArtists on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and tag us @WomenInTheArts. This year, we’re asking participants to share art and information about artists who explore key social issues, including gender equity, immigration, LGBTQ rights, racial justice, climate change and more.

Head to the #5WomenArtists site to:

  • Learn more about #5WomenArtists
  • Get campaign updates
  • Access shareable graphics and video
  • Shop #5WomenArtists products

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Museum Events

Tour: Fierce Women 2.0

March 1, 2020
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.

Gallery Talks: #5WomenArtists

March 4 | March 11 | March 18 | March 25
12–12:30 p.m. Join us each Wednesday for a free 30 min. gallery talk highlighting five women artists in the collection.

International Women’s Day

March 8, 2020
12–5 p.m. Celebrate International Women’s Day with free admission.

Cultural Capital: Motherhood Redux

March 11, 2020
7–9 p.m. Join us and the Folger Shakespeare Library for a night of celebrating motherhood through poetry.

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon 2020

March 14, 2020
10 a.m.–3 p.m. Help us improve Wikipedia articles about women artists and encourage more women to become editors.

Tour: Spring Fever

March 20, 2020
1–2 p.m. In honor of the Spring Equinox and Earth Day, explore artworks focused on the natural world during this drop-in tour.  

Artist Lecture: Delita Martin

March 20, 2020
5:30–7:30 p.m. Artist Delita Martin discusses her work during this lecture and book signing in honor of Delita Martin: Calling Down the Spirits.

Environmental Film Festival

March 21, 2020
1–3 p.m. Part of the 2019 Environmental Film Festival, view films directed by women focused on environmental issues.

NMWA Late Hours

March 26, 2020
5–8 p.m. Visit NMWA during special late hours and enjoy tours of the collection galleries and Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico.


Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico

Through May 25, 2020
Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico is the artist’s most extensive U.S. exhibition in more than two decades.

Delita Martin: Calling Down the Spirits

Through April 19, 2020
Delita Martin’s large-scale prints create a powerful presence for her subjects, while simultaneously highlighting the historical absence of black bodies in Western art.

New York Ave Sculpture Project: Betsabeé Romero

Through September 20, 2020
Betsabeé Romero’s totemic structures of carved and painted tires speak to themes of human migration and the natural environment.


National Museum of Women in the Arts