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 a fourth year, and we’re moving from awareness to action! How can you take part?

  1. Take the challenge by posting about #5WomenArtists on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and tag us @WomenInTheArts
  2. Take a pledge to help us promote gender equity in the arts! We’re asking organizations and individuals to take concrete actions that will help advance gender equity in the arts.

Head to the #5WomenArtists site to:

  • Learn more about #5WomenArtists
  • Find pledge ideas
  • Get campaign updates
  • Access shareable graphics and video
  • Locate Women’s History Month events near you
  • Shop #5WomenArtists products

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Museum Events

Tour: Fierce Women 2.0

March 3, 2019
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 6 | March 13 | March 20 | March 27
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, 2019
10 a.m.–8 p.m. Celebrate International Women’s Day with extended museum hours and free tours of the newly reinstalled collection.

Cultural Capital: Fantastic Women

March 10, 2019
7–9 p.m. Part of PEN/Faulkner’s Literary Conversations series, “Fantastic Women” celebrates the work of women writers who use elements of the fantastic in their fiction.

Opening Reception: The Contour of Feeling

March 21, 2019
7:30–9:30 p.m. Enjoy a special opening reception for the exhibition Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling.

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon 2019

March 23, 2019
Time and details TBA. Help us improve Wikipedia articles about women artists and encourage more women to become editors.

Environmental Film Festival

March 23, 2019
1–3 p.m. Part of the 2019 Environmental Film Festival, view films directed by women focused on environmental issues.


Ambreen Butt—Mark My Words

Through April 14, 2019
Pakistani-American artist Ambreen Butt reimagines traditional Indian and Persian miniature painting with works featuring contemporary women and political subject matter.

Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Countour of Feeling

Opens March 22, 2019
This landmark exhibition of monumental sculptures by Ursula von Rydingsvard illuminates how the artist gives outward visual form to her ideas and emotions.

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