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.

12/28/2019

On this day in 1967, Muriel Siebert became the first woman to own a seat on the N.Y. Stock Exchange. #womenshistory #trailblazer

Burnita Matthews, born #OnThisDay in 1894, was the first woman to serve as a federal district judge.While Matthews was w...
12/28/2019

Burnita Matthews, born #OnThisDay in 1894, was the first woman to serve as a federal district judge.

While Matthews was working for the Veterans Administration, she began taking night classes at the National University Law School (which later merge with George Washington University). A suffrage supporter, she picketed the White House. In 1920, Matthews was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar, and four years later, she was admitted to the Mississippi Bar and the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. Matthews worked as the lawyer for the National Women's Party, and in 1949 President Truman appointed her as United States District Judge for the District of Columbia. This position was made permanent in 1950. One of her rulings upheld the right of Black Muslims to conduct religious services in the local prison. After taking senior status on the court in 1968, Matthews sat on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and on the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals. #WomensHistory

Photo Credit: Library of Congress

12/23/2019
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Like mother, like daughter! Nobel Prize winners Marie and Irène Curie dedicated their lives to science, and their discoveries still help treat cancer patients today. Watch #SeeHer Story where we’ve teamed up with Katie Couric and PeopleTV to honor trailblazing women.

12/23/2019

On this day in 1873, women begin temperance movement in Ohio.

"'One of the biggest misconceptions of suffrage is that it was one movement of women united,' Jordan said. "In fact, it ...
12/23/2019
Suffrage exhibit at Evansville African American Museum to open Saturday

"'One of the biggest misconceptions of suffrage is that it was one movement of women united,' Jordan said. "In fact, it was two separate movements. Unfortunately, some of our white sisters chose race instead of gender.'

The opening of the exhibit will feature historical reenactments including Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Mary Church Terrell.

Ida B. Wells was one of the most famous suffragists and a founder of the NAACP. Her portrait is on display at the State Capitol.

Terrell was a well-known African American activist who championed racial equality and women’s suffrage in the late 19th and early 20th century. An Oberlin College graduate, Terrell was part of the rising black middle and upper class who used their position to fight racial discrimination, according to the National Women's History Museum. Wells-Barnett was a prominent journalist, activist and researcher in the late 19th and early 20th centuries who battled sexism, racism and violence, according to the museum." #womenshistory

The Evansville African American Museum is opening an exhibit to tell the untold stories of black women who helped make that possible.

"But for all the high-profile appointments and record-breaking feats, women remain an overwhelming minority among the ra...
12/23/2019
At NASA, 2019 was the year of the woman, yet women still are a big minority at the space agency

"But for all the high-profile appointments and record-breaking feats, women remain an overwhelming minority among the rank and file at NASA and in the wider industry. Women make up only about a third of NASA’s workforce. They comprise just 28 percent of senior executive leadership positions and are only 16 percent of senior scientific employees, according to a survey done by the agency."

For all the high-profile appointments and record-breaking feats, women remain an overwhelming minority among the rank and file at NASA and the industry more broadly.

"Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of the Society for Science & the Public, told ABC News she is excited about the future o...
12/19/2019
Girls sweep all 5 top awards at national STEM contest for middle schoolers

"Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of the Society for Science & the Public, told ABC News she is excited about the future of women in STEM. This year, there were 18 girls and 12 boys who made it to Washington for the competition.

'We are just so thrilled that the top five winners were girls this year,' Ajmera said. 'This is the first time in our history that it was a sweep for girls. It’s also the first time in our history that we had more girl finalists than boy finalists.' "

This year, there were 18 girls and 12 boys who made it to Washington, D.C., for the annual competition run by the Society for Science & the Public.

"Last week, when Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa was named Miss Universe, it was the first time four major pageant crowns...
12/19/2019
Black Women Now Hold Crowns in 5 Major Beauty Pageants

"Last week, when Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa was named Miss Universe, it was the first time four major pageant crowns were held by black women. And when Kaliegh Garris won Miss Teen USA in April and Cheslie Kryst won Miss USA in May — joining Nia Franklin, who was named the 2019 Miss America last year — it was the first time three of the titles were held by black women." #historymakers #womenshistory h

Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica won the Miss World pageant on Saturday. Black women also hold the 2019 crowns of Miss Teen USA, Miss America, Miss USA and Miss Universe.

Our friends at Bokeki are donating $5 to our museum with every purchase of their MMXX-2020 Crystal Bracelet. Buy this be...
12/18/2019

Our friends at Bokeki are donating $5 to our museum with every purchase of their MMXX-2020 Crystal Bracelet. Buy this beautiful bracelet today and #HelpUsBuildIt.

We are proud to announce our Give Back Collection partnership with the National Women's History Museum. Every MMXX-2020 Crystal Bracelet purchased will result in a $5.00 donation to the museum. Order now!
#giveback #NWHM #women #womenshistory #bracelets #womenmakinghistory #mmxx #2020 #jewelry #nationalwomenshistorymuseum

"In the U.S., women hold about 20 percent of board seats at companies listed in the Russell 3000 stock index, up from 17...
12/18/2019
California Companies Are Rushing to Find Female Board Members

"In the U.S., women hold about 20 percent of board seats at companies listed in the Russell 3000 stock index, up from 17 percent in 2018, according to the nonprofit 2020 Women on Boards. Of the more than 600 companies based in California that are listed on a major stock exchange, almost one-third had no women on the board when the law was passed."

A law mandating that every public company in the state should have a woman on the board by the end of the year has redefined the qualifications of a director.

"Another late 19th century American trend was the growth and amplification of the movement for women’s suffrage. And as ...
12/17/2019
December 17, 2019: Book Talk Recaps: Two Public Scholarly Conversations

"Another late 19th century American trend was the growth and amplification of the movement for women’s suffrage. And as I argued at the 'Determined to Rise' panel, that movement toward inclusion was both subject to exclusionary backlash (especially in the rhetorical and physical violence directed at the suffrage activists) and featured its own exclusionary discriminations (especially directed at women of color)."

[Since I’ve been on sabbatical this Fall, in place of my usual semester recaps series I’ll be recapping some of the many book talks I’v...

We’re excited for the Ford's Theatre production of “Silent Sky.” This captivating play tells the story of Henrietta Leav...
12/17/2019
Silent Sky

We’re excited for the Ford's Theatre production of “Silent Sky.” This captivating play tells the story of Henrietta Leavitt and her fellow women “computers” at the Harvard Observatory. A decade before women gained the right to vote, Henrietta Leavitt and her colleagues transformed the science of astronomy. This inspiring drama explores the determination, passion and sacrifice of the women who redefined our understanding of the cosmos. #trailblazers #womenshistory

This inspiring drama explores the determination, passion and sacrifice of the women who redefined our understanding of the cosmos.

12/16/2019
Rita Moreno | The First Latina to EGOT | See Her Story | Katie Couric Media

Rita Moreno is one of our favs (and one of our Women Making History honorees!). Check out her #SeeHer story and learn more about this trailblazing, EGOT-winning artist from Katie Couric and SeeHer.

Happy 88th Birthday Rita Moreno 🎂🎉 Rita Moreno is an icon and a trailblazer. She was the first Latina to win an Oscar, she is an EGOT-winner, and at 88 isn't...

When you shop with Amazon Smile, Amazon will make a donation to the National Women's History Museum. #HelpUsBuildIt whil...
12/16/2019

When you shop with Amazon Smile, Amazon will make a donation to the National Women's History Museum. #HelpUsBuildIt while you finish up your holiday shopping! https://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-1801426

“White’s turn as the lead host of the historic game show spotlights the history of men as lead game show hosts. The Nati...
12/16/2019
Vanna White gets promotion to host of 'Wheel of Fortune'

“White’s turn as the lead host of the historic game show spotlights the history of men as lead game show hosts. The National Women’s History Museum describes women game show television hosts as ‘few and far between,’ with Betty White being the first woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Game Show Host in 1983 despite pioneers like Arlene Francis hosting comedic game shows since the early 50s.”

The longtime puzzleboard hostess will be at the show’s helm temporarily after 37 years.

12/10/2019

On this day in 1869, Wyoming became the first territory to recognize women’s right to vote. #womenshistory #OTD

"The training and hiring processes have yet to catch up, resulting in the number of female cinematographers working in s...
12/09/2019
From ‘Unbelievable’ to ‘Truth Be Told,’ How Parity and Perspective in Cinematography Aids in Storytelling

"The training and hiring processes have yet to catch up, resulting in the number of female cinematographers working in scripted television in the 2018-19 television season maxed out at 5%, according to the Boxed In report for that time. According to Variety’s own research, representation is looking slightly better for the 2019 calendar year, rising to 6.6%, but these are still meager numbers overall."

With peak TV refusing to actually peak, the consistent influx of new television content not only brings with it new opportunities to tell female-centric stories, but also more chances for women to …

12/07/2019

On this day in 1868, the Universal Suffrage amendment was introduced in Senate, but it was never voted on. #OTD #womenshistory

Another great #SeeHer Story episode from Katie Couric Media: "Lizzo's self-love anthems have topped Billboard charts, wo...
12/06/2019
#SeeHer Story Celebrates Lizzo as the Queen of Self-Love in Episode 9

Another great #SeeHer Story episode from Katie Couric Media:

"Lizzo's self-love anthems have topped Billboard charts, won her awards and made her a favorite among listeners, who look to her an example of how to remain positive and confident. As a strong proponent of female empowerment, #SeeHer Story has chosen to celebrate the chart-topping singer in this week’s episode." #historymaker #womenshistory People

#SeeHer Story airs on PEOPLE.com and @PeopleTV social handles

"Diop is now one of 27 female directors in the international Oscar race, a record number that means a woman has directed...
12/06/2019
Are Women Directors on the Verge of an Oscar Breakthrough?

"Diop is now one of 27 female directors in the international Oscar race, a record number that means a woman has directed or co-directed almost 30% of the 91 films in contention. (Two other films directed by women, Genevieve Nnaji’s “Lionheart” and Sudabeh Mortezai’s “Joy,” were entered by Nigeria and Austria, respectively, but disqualified for having too much English dialogue.) The all-time high is, perhaps, emblematic of a global film culture that is slowly — too slowly, no doubt — making way for more than just the latest crop of male voices."

TheWrap Oscar magazine: Mati Diop ("Atlantics") and Antoneta Kastrati ("Zana") are two in a record number of women competing in this year's Best International Feature Film category

We've just launched our new online museum store and added hundreds of new items that were not previously available on ou...
12/06/2019

We've just launched our new online museum store and added hundreds of new items that were not previously available on our website. While the store still has some of our classic NWHM merchandise, we've expanded it to include an incredible collection from women artists across the country, featuring handbags, scarves, jewelry, home decor, and more.

Our museum store is by women, for women, and 100% of sales will help us make the dream of a National Women's History Museum in Washington, D.C. a reality. Use this holiday season to educate, inspire, and empower future generations through women's stories. #HelpUsBuildIt https://national-womens-history-museum.myshopify.com/

#HelpUsBuildIt this holiday season! Supporting the National Women's History Museum has never been easier. Click below to...
12/05/2019
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#HelpUsBuildIt this holiday season! Supporting the National Women's History Museum has never been easier. Click below to designate NWHM as your charity of choice, and when you shop on Amazon, we'll receive a percentage of the sale. Many thanks from all of us -- we are so grateful for your support!

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Let's make history, together. It's time to bring a National Women's History Museum to Washington, D.C. Can you donate $1...
12/03/2019

Let's make history, together. It's time to bring a National Women's History Museum to Washington, D.C. Can you donate $10 before #GivingTuesday is over to #HelpUsBuildIt? https://www.womenshistory.org/donate

American history is incomplete without women, yet their stories continue to remain hidden. We're ready to build our plac...
12/03/2019

American history is incomplete without women, yet their stories continue to remain hidden. We're ready to build our place in history & finally bring a National Women's History Museum to Washington, D.C. This #GivingTuesday, will you donate to #HelpUsBuildIt? https://www.womenshistory.org/donate

Born on this day: Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman elected to Congress (1968) and the first woman and ...
11/30/2019

Born on this day: Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman elected to Congress (1968) and the first woman and African-American to seek the nomination for president of the U.S. from one of the two major political parties (1972). She's one of the women we're featuring in this month's Fab Five Elected Women series -- read more about her life and accomplishments here: https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/shirley-chisholm #HistoryMaker #womenshistory

Shop our museum store today and find the perfect holiday gift. By women, for women, 100% of sales will help us make the ...
11/29/2019

Shop our museum store today and find the perfect holiday gift. By women, for women, 100% of sales will help us make the dream of a National Women's History Museum in D.C. a reality. https://national-womens-history-museum.myshopify.com #BlackFriday

We're thankful for the trailblazers past, present, and future. We're thankful for women's stories. We're thankful for yo...
11/28/2019

We're thankful for the trailblazers past, present, and future. We're thankful for women's stories. We're thankful for you. Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at the National Women's History Museum.

"Thanksgiving was supposed to be a national olive branch — and the story of the holiday is largely the story of Sarah Jo...
11/28/2019
How can we celebrate Thanksgiving when we're so divided? Well, that was the whole point

"Thanksgiving was supposed to be a national olive branch — and the story of the holiday is largely the story of Sarah Joseph Hale. Her effort speaks volumes about the power of women, even in an age before suffrage, to shape national policy....

'I think she's very persistent, and that's very much how women wielded what little power they had,' said Lori Ann Terjesen, director of education for the National Women's History Museum. "Some people have referred to this as parlor politics. Whatever influence you have, you use."

The political arguments around many a family Thanksgiving table are nothing new. They're the whole reason Sarah Josepha Hale created the holiday.

Corazon “Cory” Aquino, one of the Fab Five Elected Women we're featuring this month, went from a shy law school student ...
11/27/2019

Corazon “Cory” Aquino, one of the Fab Five Elected Women we're featuring this month, went from a shy law school student to the first female president of the Philippines. Supported by the People Power Revolution, Aquino successfully ran a peaceful movement that eventually led her to become TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year in 1986. The only other woman that received that honor at the time was Queen Elizabeth II in 1952. Read more about this trailblazing #historymaker here: https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/corazon-aquino

Anna, you're an inspiration to us all!"Anna, like all fourth-graders in the state, took a whole year of Idaho history le...
11/26/2019
Idaho's 1st Female Lawmakers Properly Honored Thanks To 11-Year-Old Student

Anna, you're an inspiration to us all!

"Anna, like all fourth-graders in the state, took a whole year of Idaho history lessons but never learned about the first women to hold state office.

'I thought it was very, very sad because that could be out here with all the men and it shows that women can make a change in the world,' Anna says." #womenshistory #historymaker

A young Idahoan found a plaque, stuffed in a far back corner of the state Capitol, commemorating the first women elected to the state House. So she wrote a letter.

Former United States Senator Olympia Snowe is one of the trailblazing women we're featuring in our Fab Five Elected Wome...
11/26/2019

Former United States Senator Olympia Snowe is one of the trailblazing women we're featuring in our Fab Five Elected Women series this month. Senator Snowe is the first woman in American history to serve in both houses of a state legislature and both houses of Congress. Read more about Senator Snowe and her many accomplishments here: https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/olympia-j-snowe #womenshistory

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, one of the Fab Five Elected Women we're featuring this month, was the first Latina elected to the U...
11/26/2019

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, one of the Fab Five Elected Women we're featuring this month, was the first Latina elected to the U.S. Congress and the first Republican in congress to publicly support the passage of the marriage equality act. She believes that education is “a lifelong journey,” and has emphasized the importance for education throughout her career. Read more about her groundbreaking accomplishments here: https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/ileana-ros-lehtinen

Congresswoman Barbara Jordan is one of the trailblazing women we're featuring in our Fab Five Elected Women series this ...
11/25/2019

Congresswoman Barbara Jordan is one of the trailblazing women we're featuring in our Fab Five Elected Women series this month. While the world watched during the Impeachment hearings of President Richard Nixon, Barbara Jordan boldly took center stage. As a lawyer, a congresswoman, and a scholar, Jordan used her public speaking skills to fight for civil and human rights. In 1972, Jordan became the first African American woman to be elected to Congress from the South since 1898. Read more about Congresswoman Jordan and her incredible accomplishments here: https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/barbara-jordan #womenshistory #historymaker

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