National Museum of Women in the Arts

Black and white photographs of about 20 women artists surround a green splash of color with text that reads, Can you name #5WomenArtists Changing the World?

It started with a seemingly simple question: Can you name five women artists?

Since 2016, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) has been asking this question on social media each March during Women’s History Month using the hashtag #5WomenArtists. The campaign raises awareness about gender inequity in the art world and beyond. Thousands of individual and more than 1,500 cultural institutions from seven continents and 54 countries have taken part!

The Future of #5WomenArtists

Since 2016, the campaign has become an integral part of our mission to champion women artists. After five years, we’ve decided to make #5WomenArtists an all-year-round campaign! For now, please enjoy ongoing #5WomenArtists-themed takeovers of our Instagram Stories, and stay tuned for more.

#5WomenArtists 2020: Women Artists Changing the World

At the start of the decade—and now in its fifth year—#5WomenArtists recognizes how women are using art to make change and drive awareness about globally relevant issues and topics. 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.


  1. Take the challenge by posting about #5WomenArtists on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and tag us @WomenInTheArts
  2. Challenge your friends and family by tagging them online
  3. Download shareable graphics to use in the campaign, or grab shareable Instagram Story templates from @WomenInTheArts on IG
  4. Follow campaign updates to see our impact!

Featured Artists

Artists address many different themes in their work, but in honor of this year’s theme we’ve selected several artists and issues that we’re highlighting across our platforms. Learn more about artists like Chakaia Booker, Betsabeé Romero, Judy Chicago, Sonya Clark, and more, who are using their art to impact change.

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 A data analysis of 18 major U.S. art museums found their collections are 87% Male and 85% White

Shareable Content

Download and share campaign graphics, facts and figures, Instagram Story templates, videos, quotes, and more. 

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The National Museum of Women in the Arts is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women through the arts. With its collections, exhibitions, programs, and online content, the museum inspires dynamic exchanges about art and ideas. NMWA advocates for better representation of women artists and serves as a vital center for thought leadership, community engagement, and social change.

NMWA addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art by bringing to light important women artists of the past while promoting great women artists working today.

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