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National Museum of Women in the Arts #5WomenArtists Campaign

This March, for Women’s History Month, #5WomenArtists, the global social media campaign promoting gender equity, is highlighting art and activism.

Can you name five women artists? Spearheaded by the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA)#5WomenArtists is entering its fifth year of calling attention to the inequitable treatment of women in the art world, with a focus in 2020 on women artists working towards social change.

El Tendedero/The Clothesline Project Installation, 2018. Photographer Emily Haight, NMWA.

About the campaign: Despite some advances, women today remain dramatically underrepresented and undervalued in museums, galleries and auction houses. Since 2016, NMWA has been working to increase awareness and action surrounding this issue by asking “Can you name five women artists?” on social media during Women’s History Month each March. More than 1,500 cultural institutions from seven continents and 54 countries have participated in the campaign.

Chakaia Booker, Acid Rain, 2001; Rubber tires and wood, 120 x 240 x 36 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Museum purchase: Members’ Acquisition Fund; © Chakaia Booker

In 2020: The #5WomenArtists campaign will focus on women artists who are using art to make change and drive awareness about globally relevant issues. NMWA is asking museums, galleries and other cultural institutions to share art and information about artists who explore key social issues, including gender equity, immigration, LGBTQ rights, racial justice, climate change and more.

Sonya Clark, Afro Abe II, 2012; Five-dollar bill and hand-embroidered thread, 4 x 6 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Heather and Tony Podesta Collection; © Sonya Y.S. Clark; Photo by Lee Stalsworth

Powerful examples include: Sonya Clark and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith around racial justice; Judy Chicago and Chakaia Booker around climate change; Kimsooja and Betsabeé Romero around immigration; Guerilla Girls and May Stevens around gender equity; and Harmony Hammond around LGBTQ+ rights.

Many high-profile cultural organizations will be participating this year, including the: Metropolitan Museum of Art; Tate Britain/Tate Modern; J. Paul Getty Museum; Barnes Foundation; Baltimore Museum of Art; Dallas Museum of Art; Detroit Institute of the Arts; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; National Gallery, London; New-York Historical Society; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; National Gallery, London; and more.

As Women’s History Month approaches, we invite you to consider covering this campaign promoting awareness of—and action towards—gender parity in the arts.

The artists are:

Climate Change
Judy Chicago
Chakaia Booker
Frida Baranek

Racial Justice
Sonya Clark
Jaune Quick–to–See Smith
Faith Ringgold

Gender Equity
Guerrilla Girls
May Stevens
Monica Mayer
Barbara Kruger

LGBTQ+ Rights
Harmony Hammond

Migration/Immigration
Betsabeé Romero
Jamie Porter Lara
Kimsooja
Rosangela Rennó

(via the National Museum of Women in the Arts.