Know My Name is a defining moment in the history of the National Gallery of Australia. In late 2019 the Gallery announced its first Guiding Principles for Gender Equity, committing to ongoing initiatives across its artistic programs, collection development and organisational structures.

In May 2020 the Gallery established a Gender Equity Action Plan working group of internal and external stakeholders to drive implementation of the Guiding Principles and to embed change across the organisation.


  1. Achieve equity across all activities including collection development and artistic programs on-site, online and on tour
  2. Establish high-level leadership supporting gender equity across the Gallery
  3. Treat all genders fairly in the workplace, respect and support human rights and do not discriminate
  4. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of internal and external stakeholders, staff and volunteers
  5. Promote education, training and professional development for women
  6. Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women
  7. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy
  8. Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equity

These principles are adapted from the Women’s Empowering Principles of UN Women and UN Global Compact: Equality means business. The Gallery recognises the worldwide contribution of UN Women which is dedicated to gender equity and the empowerment of women; and the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, a gender equity initiative established by the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA), at the University of Canberra, Australia.

The Gallery acknowledges the significant work of groups supporting gender equity in the arts including the Australian data and reportage activists The Countess Report, Sheila: A Foundation for women in the visual arts and the social media campaign #5womenartists by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C.