Museum director Christopher Bedford announced the policy, saying something radical must be done to rectify centuries of imbalance. The Maryland museum acquired its first work by a female artist in 1916, two years after it was founded and four years before women gained the right to vote in the US.
Today, only four percent of the 95,000 pieces in its permanent collection were created by women, AP reported.
News outlets report each of the museum’s exhibits will be strongly tied to women.
Bedford said the museum is working to “correct our own canon” and address historical blind spots.