In honor of Women’s History Month, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) has organized a social media campaign throughout March to help everyone answer the seemingly simple question:

"Can you name five women artists?"

Sadly, even in 2016, this is still a difficult question for most to answer, even though 51% of visual artists today are women! That's why the NMWA, along with hundreds of museums worldwide, are calling special attention to the gender imbalance in the art world by sharing stories, stats, images, quotes and more about both living and past women artists with the hashtag #5womenartists on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

We encourage you to take the challenge/participate, and remember: SVA Library and MDID are at your disposal!

Here are a FEW of the MANY female artists we thought of first that are among our favorites:
Photo of Nancy Holt's "Sun Tunnels" (1973-76), shown installed in the desert with the sun shining through the center of the tunnel constructions.Lorna Simpson's "Jet #12, '63" (2012), depicting an African American woman looking at the camera with a smile, wearing jewelry, with a turquoise watercolor abstract shape coming out of her head.Guerrilla Girls poster, "Do women have to be naked to get into U.S. museums?" (2007) showing a reclining nude female figure with her back to the camera and a Gorilla mask over her head with text on the right of the figure of statistics.

 Photograph of Yayoi Kusama laying in her "Infinity Mirror Room - Phalli's Field" (1963), wearing a red jumpsuit on top of white and red polkadot abstract shaped pillows surrounded by mirrors.Black and white photograph by Graciela Iturbide of four women or "cholas," one holding a baby, in front of a mural depicting the heads of three prominent Mexican historical male figures, in White Fence, East Los Angeles.

Lastly (for now), we'd like to leave you with this great artnet article by Christie Chu:
"10 Powerful Women Artists Breaking Social Taboos - And Loving It"

IMAGES (clockwise): Nancy Holt, "Sun Tunnels" (1973-76); Lorna Simpson, "Jet #12, '63" (2012); Guerrilla Girls, "Do women have to be naked to get into U.S. museums?" (2007); Yayoi Kusama, "Infinity Mirror Room - Phalli's Field" (1963); Graciela Iturbide, "Cholas, White Fence, East L.A." (negative, 1986; print, late 1990s).