National Women's History Museum

National Women's History Museum Founded in 1996, the National Women's History Museum affirms the value of knowing women's history, illuminates the role of women in transforming society, and encourages all people, women and men, to participate in democratic dialogue about our future.
The Museum researches, interprets, and exhibits the contributions of women to the social, cultural, economic and political life of our nation in a context of world history.
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The National Women’s History Museum inspires,educates, researches and collects the stories of women's contributions to the social, political,cultural and economic life of the United States. Our goal is to build a world-class museum at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This page accompanies our website which seeks to raise awareness and honor women’s diverse experiences and achievements through its dynamic online museum, and educational programs. The National Women’s History Museum will be the first museum in any nation’s capital to show the full scope of women's accomplishments in history and serve as a guiding light to people everywhere. The Community Guidelines serve to govern how to interact with our page. 1. We encourage you to share, post, and like content on this page. We hope this page can serve as a platform to exchange information and ideas about topics relevant to NWHM. We hope that you will contribute to the conversation. 2. Any information not posted by us, including but not limited to user content and third party ads, does not necessarily reflect the views of NWHM. We do not endorse the third party or user content on this page. 3. Please be respectful and courteous to others on this page. We reserve the right to remove posts or block users that violate these standards, including but not limited to content that is unlawful, profane, disrespectful, suggestive, spam, or contains personal information. 4. We expect that all NWHM community members will adhere to Facebook’s Community Standards, which can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/communitystandards. 5. Content that you post will be considered public information and non-confidential. By participating on this page, you are giving the NWHM permission to use, archive or modify your content. Thank you for reading these guidelines! Please feel free to email us at [email protected] with any questions or comments.

Mission: The National Women’s History Museum educates, inspires, empowers, and shapes the future by integrating women's distinctive history into the culture and history of the United States.

Operating as usual

09/03/2020
Determined to Rise: Woman Suffrage: The West Came First

In case you missed it: Watch our Determined to Rise panel discussion, "Woman Suffrage: The West Came First," in partnership with Michigan Women's Foundation as part or our 19th Amendment centennial programming. #WomenVoteWomenWin

This virtual panel was presented on August 26, 2020 by the National Women's History Museum in collaboration with Michigan Women Forward. The earliest suffrag...

As we mark the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, we're pleased to launch our newest virtual exhibit, The Women’s Army...
09/02/2020
The Women's Army Corps: Female Soldiers in WWII

As we mark the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, we're pleased to launch our newest virtual exhibit, The Women’s Army Corps: Female Soldiers in World War II. Unlike the other women’s auxiliaries, WACs served in all theatres of the war, dispelling the notion that women were unfit for combat conditions. Working as switchboard operators, mechanics, cryptanalysts, clerks, motor pool drivers, and in many more positions both overseas and stateside, WACs effectively freed men to fight on the frontlines where they were needed most. Not only did the Women’s Army Corps assist in securing an Allied victory during WWII with their undeniable success, they proved women could serve their country effectively, and paved the way for women’s place in the army today.

The Women's Army Corps: Female Soldiers in WWII August 26, 2020 Company 19, 21st WAC Regiment - Jun 10, 1944 Women Veterans Historical Project at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro | National Women’s History Museum The Women's Army Corps: Female Soldiers In World War II Portrait of Eth...

08/31/2020

Show your voter pride with our new collection of Facebook profile frames -- available in English and Spanish -- and tell the world when women vote, women win!

“Because women often earn less than their male partners, women more often choose to leave their careers at the height of...
08/31/2020
Dads Three Times as Likely as Moms to Receive a Promotion While Working From Home During COVID

“Because women often earn less than their male partners, women more often choose to leave their careers at the height of their advancement and earning power in order to raise children and keep their households running. The hardest part of that equation is that employers often judge female employees as less dedicated to their jobs as a result when often it is the farthest thing from the truth,” said Shannon Gordon, CEO of theBoardlist.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!  The National Women's History Museum is  committed to seek out and grow the representation of wome...
08/29/2020
Mission and Vision

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! The National Women's History Museum is committed to seek out and grow the representation of women makers and designers to feature in our online store, with an emphasis on diversity—to honor, celebrate and appreciate these unique narratives. Click below for more information, and please share with your networks.

Our mission is to tell the stories of women who transformed our nation. We will do that through a growing state-of-the-art online presence and a future physical museum to educate, inspire, empower, shape the future, and provide a complete view of American history. Your personal history. The future y...

We stand on the shoulders of all of the women who fought for the vote. Start your weekend by exploring some of these won...
08/28/2020
FIRST WOMAN VOTER

We stand on the shoulders of all of the women who fought for the vote. Start your weekend by exploring some of these wonderful, inspiring videos from our friends at First Woman Voter.

"August 26 marked the 100th anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Leading up to the day and beyond, millions of women have shared stories of the First Woman Voter in their families. The idea behind this bipartisan initiative is that there are women in every family who deserve recognition and respect as role models for civic leadership. The compelling, inspiring, videos captured on this website prove the point. Congratulations to everyone who posted a video on their social media platforms and please encourage your friends and family members to add their voices to this celebration."

The First Woman Voter initiative is a simple, bipartisan, grassroots effort to help celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage.

We're thrilled to partner with our friends at the WNDC Educational Foundation for their fantastic centennial programming...
08/27/2020
The Long Road to the Vote

We're thrilled to partner with our friends at the WNDC Educational Foundation for their fantastic centennial programming. Click here to learn more and register for today's great events!

We will be honoring the organizations, providing resources to teachers, and discussing women's suffrage and the 19th Amendment.

Tune in NOW and celebrate 100 years of the #19thAmendment with our special 5 PM PT / 8 p.m. ET screening of INTO LIGHT a...
08/26/2020
Women's Equality Day: Special Virtual Screening of INTO LIGHT & INEZ MILHOLLAND: FORWARD INTO LIGHT

Tune in NOW and celebrate 100 years of the #19thAmendment with our special 5 PM PT / 8 p.m. ET screening of INTO LIGHT and FORWARD INTO LIGHT, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers! (Google Chrome is recommended). #WomenVoteWomenWin

The National Women's History Museum is celebrating the Suffrage Centennial with a special preview screening of biopic short INTO LIGHT, about suffrage martyr Inez Milholland. Created by an award-winning cast and crew, Into Light aims to inspire votes for equal rights in this 2020 election, by honori...

It's Women's Equality Day! Did you know that in 1971, Representative Bella Abzug (D-NY) introduced a successful bill des...
08/26/2020
Women's Equality Day

It's Women's Equality Day! Did you know that in 1971, Representative Bella Abzug (D-NY) introduced a successful bill designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day? Part of the bill reads that Women’s Equality Day is a symbol of women’s continued fight for equal rights and that the United States commends and supports them. It decreed that the president is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of woman suffrage and the 1970 Strike for Equality. Women today continue to draw on the history of these brave and determined women. Click below to learn more!

Since 1971, Women’s Equality Day has been celebrated annually on August 26. The celebration falls on the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote.

National Women's History Museum's cover photo
08/25/2020

National Women's History Museum's cover photo

Celebrate the 19th Amendment in style with our new limited-edition 100th Anniversary Commemorative Suffrage Sash! 100% o...
08/25/2020
NWHM Limited-Edition 100th Anniversary Commemorative Suffrage Sash

Celebrate the 19th Amendment in style with our new limited-edition 100th Anniversary Commemorative Suffrage Sash! 100% of sales will go to help make the dream of a National Women's History Museum a reality! #WomenVoteWomenWin

Share and Celebrate A Monumental Milestone in Women’s History with our exclusive limited-edition 100th Anniversary Commemorative Suffrage Sash. Its colors and their meaning were used exclusively by the National Woman’s Party in the United States beginning in December 1913. PURPLE: the color of l...

As we celebrate 100 years of the #19thAmendment, we're thrilled to announce our new voter engagement initiative, Women V...
08/25/2020
The National Women's History Museum Launches Women Vote, Women Win Initiative

As we celebrate 100 years of the #19thAmendment, we're thrilled to announce our new voter engagement initiative, Women Vote, Women Win. We can't wait to share more with you in the coming days!

Running through the end of 2020, the initiative will explore the historical context of the 19th Amendment, the critical work that continued after its passage to ensure all women had the right to vote, and contemporary issues around voting.

Do you #KnowHerName? Ruth Hanna McCormick’s story is littered with “firsts.” She was the first woman elected to a nation...
08/24/2020
My Start Story Celebrates: Suffragist Ruth Hanna McCormick

Do you #KnowHerName? Ruth Hanna McCormick’s story is littered with “firsts.” She was the first woman elected to a national statewide office, the first woman nominated by a major party to the Senate, and the first woman to manage a presidential nomination campaign. Born in 1880, McCormick grew up in Ohio but moved to Washington, DC at just 16 years old to work for her father, who had just been elected to the Senate. In 1913, she succeeded Alice Paul as the chair of the Congressional Committee on the National American Woman Suffrage Association, and her steadfast suffrage work continued until the ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920.

Holly Hotchner, president and CEO of the National Women's History Museum, celebrates Suffragist Ruth Hanna McCormick and 100 years of the 19th Amendment in this new video from Start TV.

Ruth Hanna McCormick’s story is littered with “firsts.” She was the first woman elected to a national statewide office, the first woman nominated by a major party to the Senate, and the first woman to manage a presidential nomination campaign. Born in 1880, McCormick grew up in Ohio but moved ...

08/24/2020
Trailer: INTO LIGHT ~ biopic of #VotingRights activist Inez Milholland | Amy Walker

Check out the trailer for INTO LIGHT and join us on August 26 for a special preview screening of this inspiring film. RSVP here for your free ticket: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inez-milholland-forward-into-light-into-light-screening-and-discussion-tickets-115793999971

COMING SOON! Celebrate the Suffrage Centennial with this powerful short film about #VotingRights activist Inez Milholland. She was one of the first members o...

Do you have a question for former U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios or filmmaker Amanda Owen?  Let us know in the comments, and ...
08/24/2020
Finding Justice: The Untold Story of Women's Fight for the Vote

Do you have a question for former U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios or filmmaker Amanda Owen? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to reserve your ticket for our free screening of FINDING JUSTICE!

Screening followed by a conversation with Rosie Rios, 43rd Treasurer of the United States, and Filmmaker Amanda Owen

"Chances are, if you were asked to name two women who fought for their right to vote, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cad...
08/23/2020
The bold suffragists you likely didn’t learn about in school

"Chances are, if you were asked to name two women who fought for their right to vote, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton would roll off your tongue — or at least their names may be lodged deep in your brain somewhere. But there are many more women who were involved in the fight, and they're not all white. You also likely didn't learn about them in history class."

The suffragists who fought for women's right to vote, despite facing discrimination for other parts of their identities.

"As the U.S. marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, it is a chance to publicly reco...
08/22/2020
‘For the Future Benefit of My Whole Race': How Black Women Fought for the Vote Before and After 19th Amendment

"As the U.S. marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, it is a chance to publicly recognize the work of Wells and thousands of other African American women who fought fiercely for its passage but did not gain the same benefit as white women after its ratification on Aug. 18, 1920."

Ida B. Wells was in Washington, D.C., in the spring of 1913 with thousands of other women for a parade spearheaded by one of the country’s leading suffragists, Alice Paul. Wells was representing the Alpha Suffrage Club, the first Black suffrage club in Chicago that she founded two months before. A...

Representation matters: "This week marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. And we celebrate th...
08/20/2020
Kamala Harris shines spotlight on trailblazing Black women in her 2020 DNC speech

Representation matters: "This week marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. And we celebrate the women who fought for that right," she said. "Yet so many of the Black women who helped secure that victory were still prohibited from voting, long after its ratification. But they were undeterred."

What to know about the six women Harris named in her speech.

08/19/2020
PREformances with Allison Charney

Join us in watching this special 19th Amendment centennial episode!

Join us tonight for our next episode of Season of Hope! Host soprano Allison Charney and pianist Donna Weng Friedman discuss and perform works by female composers as they celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th amendment. You won't want to miss the debut of a remarkable, star-studded rendition of Ethyl Smyth's March of the Women in conjunction with Her/Music;Her/Story! The premiere starts tonight @9pm eastern.

The National Women's History Museum is proud to partner with Telemundo to provide voting resources in Spanish. Visit the...
08/18/2020

The National Women's History Museum is proud to partner with Telemundo to provide voting resources in Spanish. Visit their Decisión 2020 website to register to vote, learn about the candidates, and explore more Spanish-language voting resources and information:
https://www.telemundo.com/noticias/elecciones-2020

National Women's History Museum se enorgullece en unirse a Telemundo para proveer recursos de votación en español. Visita la página Decisión 2020 para regristrarte para votar, aprender más sobre los candidatos y explorar más recursos e información sobre las elecciones. #lasmujeresvotan

08/17/2020
PREformances with Allison Charney

We're thrilled to partner with PREformances with Allison Charney on tomorrow's episode!

PREFORMANCES: Season of Hope celebrates the ratification of the 19th amendment Tuesday @ 9 p.m! Tune in as host Allison Charney & pianist Donna Weng Friedman discuss & perform works by female composers. Don’t miss the star-studded finale of Ethyl Smyth’s March of the Women -- set a reminder now!

Join us tonight for our next episode of Season of Hope! Host soprano Allison Charney and pianist Donna Weng Friedman discuss and perform works by female composers as they celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th amendment. You won't want to miss the debut of a remarkable, star-studded rendition of Ethyl Smyth's March of the Women in conjunction with Her/Music;Her/Story! The premiere starts tonight @9pm eastern.

"While it is important to mark this occasion, it's equally important to recognize that this was the beginning of the fig...
08/17/2020
The Women's Right to Vote 100 Years Later

"While it is important to mark this occasion, it's equally important to recognize that this was the beginning of the fight for the vote, not the end, and the story continued well after 1920,” says Holly Hotchner, president and CEO of the National Women's History Museum, which is offering virtual programming to commemorate the centennial of the 19th Amendment.

It's been 100 years since the 19th Amendment was ratified, which gave women equal voting rights. Here's why that moment is still important today.

The anniversary of the 19th Amendment is right around the corner. Spend some time learning about the women who fought fo...
08/16/2020
Suffragist Biographies

The anniversary of the 19th Amendment is right around the corner. Spend some time learning about the women who fought for the vote by exploring our Suffragist Biographies page.

Suffragist Biographies: Women Who Built the Movement

Representation matters: "The list of female Fortune 500 CEOs is hardly a diverse one—there are no Black women running Fo...
08/15/2020
A new low for the Global 500: No women of color run businesses on this year's list

Representation matters: "The list of female Fortune 500 CEOs is hardly a diverse one—there are no Black women running Fortune 500 businesses and only three women of color do so—but this year's Global 500 is decidedly worse for diversity, especially when you consider that the Global 500 represents businesses in every country around the world. (The Global 500 ranks companies by size across the global economy, compared to the Fortune 500's U.S. focus.)"

Thirteen women run Global 500 businesses, and all 13 executives are white.

Lean In
08/13/2020
Lean In

Lean In

It’s no secret that Black women aren’t being paid fairly. But the workplace discrimination they endure goes beyond pay. Despite being more ambitious than women overall, Black women are paid less, promoted more slowly, receive less support from managers, get less access to senior leaders, and face a wider range of microaggressions.

For #BlackWomensEqualPay Day, we released a new report, The State of Black Women in Corporate America. It shines a light on the barriers holding Black women back at work—and outlines specific steps companies should take to make sure Black women are treated fairly. If employers want to do better by women, they must do better by Black women.

The 100th anniversary of the #19thAmendment is on August 26 and we can't wait to celebrate with you! While we wish we co...
08/12/2020
Celebrating the Centennial

The 100th anniversary of the #19thAmendment is on August 26 and we can't wait to celebrate with you! While we wish we could get together in person, we've planned an incredible day of FREE virtual programming.

Programming includes two virtual “Determined to Rise”: Women’s Historical Activism for Equal Rights panel discussion events, both addressing different topics related to the woman suffrage campaign. In addition, there will be screenings of three short films: Finding Justice, a film about the 2,000-lb. bronze replica of the Liberty Bell that suffragists used as a call to action in their fight for the vote; and two films about suffragist and women’s rights advocate Inez Milholland. The day will end with Women Take the Stage, a free, multi-ethnic virtual concert and rally to increase votes by and for women before the November election. Click below for more details, and to sign-up!

On August 2

It's time women's history has a physical home in Washington, D.C. Check out this extended interview with National Women'...
08/11/2020
An Extended Interview with Holly Hotchner

It's time women's history has a physical home in Washington, D.C. Check out this extended interview with National Women's History Museum President Holly Hotchner and learn about our plans for our next chapter.

"My hope is that the Museum will attract tourists, scholars, academics, and audiences of all kinds, and that they will visit us time and time again. This space is imagined as a very dynamic, interactive, and collaborative museum that is a bit of a different model than many others. I hope that our traveling shows will encourage discovery of local history and create lasting impact in those communities. This Museum will have continual programs and forums for interaction—a place where stories can be told and histories can be recorded. I hope this will incentivize cities across the country and around the world to create their own women’s history centers and that we serve as a model."

An Extended Interview with Holly Hotchner, President of the National Women's History Museum

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About the National Women’s History Museum

The National Women’s History Museum inspires, educates, researches and collects the stories of women's contributions to the social, political, cultural, and economic life of the United States. Our goal is to build a world-class museum on or near the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This page accompanies our website which seeks to raise awareness and honor women’s diverse experiences and achievements through its dynamic online museum and educational programs. The National Women’s History Museum will be the first museum in any nation’s capital to show the full scope of women's accomplishments in history and serve as a guiding light to people everywhere. The Community Guidelines serve to govern how to interact with our page. 1. We encourage you to share, post, and like content on this page. We hope this page can serve as a platform to exchange information and ideas about topics relevant to NWHM. We hope that you will contribute to the conversation. 2. Any information not posted by us, including but not limited to user content and third party ads, does not necessarily reflect the views of NWHM. We do not endorse the third party or user content on this page. 3. Please be respectful and courteous to others on this page. We reserve the right to remove posts or block users that violate these standards, including but not limited to content that is unlawful, profane, disrespectful, suggestive, spam, or contains personal information. 4. We expect that all NWHM community members will adhere to Facebook’s Community Standards, which can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/communitystandards. 5. Content that you post will be considered public information and non-confidential. By participating on this page, you are giving the NWHM permission to use, archive or modify your content. Thank you for reading these guidelines! Please feel free to email us at [email protected] with any questions or comments.

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