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In Celebration of Women’s History Month

March is dedicated as Women’s History Month, recognizing the vast contribution of women to society. Washington D.C.’s National Museum of Women in the Arts campaign called #5womenartists returns, highlighting the gender disparity found specifically in the art world. This year, the museum is also calling for participants to share stories of women artists of color, who are often discriminated against based on both race and gender.

“Discussions about gender inequity have renewed significance. There is no better time than now to raise awareness that the art world also disadvantages women’s opportunities and advancement, with women artists of color experiencing a double disadvantage in an already challenging field.” – Susan Fisher Sterling, NMWA Director

To share a wide range of work by women artists, NMWA invites other art and cultural institutions to highlight works by women in their collections and challenge social followers to name #5womenartists, in the hopes of using these platforms to create a public dialogue around the art gender gap. NMWA Director of Public Programs Melani Douglass says, “Collections, exhibitions and programs are beginning to become more inclusive as leaders in the field actively push for equity, not only in the arts, but also in arts administration, so that those who are making the decisions about what’s bought, shown and discussed focus on equity for all women.”

While the work of women artists on Saatchi Art always enjoys equal representation in our features, we’ll be shining a spotlight on over 70 Works by Women Artists on Saatchi Art all month long. We hope to play a part in inspiring wide-spread awareness of women’s contributions to the art world, past and present.

Visit our featured Celebrate Women’s History Month collection and spread the word by sharing your favorite #5womenartists on social media.

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Chelsea is the Marketing Associate at Saatchi Art. She likes Neoclassical art, text messaging, and that's pretty much it. Find her Tweeting @saatchiart, and Instagramming @saatchiart