Explore works by women artists spanning time, place, and media, ranging from 17th century Dutch still life painter Judith Leyster to 18th century American impressionist Mary Cassatt to modern art by Georgia O'Keeffe, Joan Mitchell, Faith Ringgold, Jenny Holzer, Carrie Mae Weems, Alma Thomas, Guerrilla Girls, and more.
On this page: Artist Spotlights, From Our Shop, Exhibitions, and Upcoming Events.
Four artworks, one artist to discover. Featuring women artists throughout Women's History Month.
Women & Art
Discover women artists like Teresita Fernández, Alma Thomas, Sarah Cain, and more in this collection of videos.
Your New Favorite Artist
Her vibrant dabs of color, lovingly called “Alma stripes,” gained her recognition that has grown over the years. Watch and discover how she created a new style of painting, right here in Washington, DC.
From Our Shop
Wooden figurine set
The Women Artists
Check out one of our brand new sets featuring dolls inspired by August Savage, Louise Bourgeois, Helen Frankenthaler, and Ruth Asawa.
Charles White: Strong Women
Charles White created powerful images of strong, steadfast Black women throughout four decades as a professional artist.
Exhibitions (Current & Upcoming)See all current exhibitions
Closes Sunday, March 26
Called to Create
Black Artists of the American South
Discover the remarkable stories of inventive works by Mary Lee Bendolph, Georgia Speller, Mary T. Smith, and many others. Despite racism and other forms of discrimination, all of these artists drew on deep cultural and spiritual traditions to create some of the finest art of our time.
Carrie Mae Weems and The Shaw 54th Regiment Memorial
In this new acquisition, Weems responds to an American sculpture created a century earlier to honor one of the first Civil War regiments of African Americans formed in the North. Temporarily closed until early fall 2023 due to gallery renovations.
Educator Resources (K-12)See all educator resources
Lessons & Activities
Women and Art
How is feminism expressed? What forms does feminism take on a personal level (by an individual) or on a larger scale (by a society)? What tactics have artists used to confront gender inequality?
Lessons & Activities
Heroines & Social Media
Who is Queen Zenobia of Palmyra? How would you imagine another famous heroine from history would use social media if it was available in her day? What would her profile and posts look like?
Women’s History at the National GallerySee all upcoming events
March 5 – 26
A Musical Exploration Honoring Women’s History Month
Don't miss a series of concerts by five exceptional women in an exploration of music, scholarship, and mastery. Registration is required for some events.
Saturday, March 25, 3:00 p.m.
Burning Illusions: British Film and Thatcherism
This classic documentary about female custodial workers cleaning offices at night was initially conceived as a protest film about women, labor, and low wages. Registration is required.