In March, the #5womenartists social media campaign resurfaced, asking people to name five women artists. This seemingly simple task surprised many by how difficult it actually was. Beyond Georgia O’Keefe, Frida Kahlo and Yoko Ono, how many people can confidently name five women artists?
The National Museum of Women in the Arts first launched this campaign last year during Women’s History month in an attempt to highlight and correct the gender imbalance in the art world. Other museums, not just in D.C., but also in New York, Atlanta and overseas in London, have since used the hashtag to center women artists.
“I love the fact that this museum is oriented through the arts in uplifting and being a champion to women everywhere,” said Virginia Treanor, associate curator at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.