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.
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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.

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.

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.

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Get an early start on your holiday shopping by visiting our retail store! Find the perfect gift for the inspiring women ...
11/13/2020
Women Who Dared Blocks

Get an early start on your holiday shopping by visiting our retail store! Find the perfect gift for the inspiring women in your life! https://shop.womenshistory.org/collections/empower/products/women-who-dared-blocks

What can you do when faced with the daily grind of prejudice, ignorance, and enslavement? The women on these blocks persevered. They dared. And in their daring, they made advancement possible for women of the future. This 32 block hand crafted set features the faces of women who made a significant i...

Don’t miss out on a virtual tour of our “Be a Marine, Free a Marine to Fight” exhibit! Join us this Sunday (11/15) to ex...
11/13/2020
"Be a Marine, Free a Marine to Fight": The USMC Women's Reserve

Don’t miss out on a virtual tour of our “Be a Marine, Free a Marine to Fight” exhibit! Join us this Sunday (11/15) to explore the stories of women heroes through photographs, oral histories, and more. Register for free at the link below! #WomensHistory #USMC #WomenLead

Join the NWHM on November 15 at 3:00pm for a free virtual tour of the NWHM's newest exhibit, "Be a Marine, Free a Marine to Fight".

Another historic first to start your weekend: "There may have been no more qualified general manager candidate in baseba...
11/13/2020
Kim Ng takes the helm for the Miami Marlins, making history as baseball’s first female GM

Another historic first to start your weekend:

"There may have been no more qualified general manager candidate in baseball than the one the Miami Marlins just hired to lead their baseball operations department. The résumé was extensive. The respect around the game, universal. And the news, which came late Friday morning, was historic.

Kim Ng, 51, becomes the first female GM in baseball, and is thought to be the first female GM across all major men’s North American professional sports."

Congratulations, Kim! #womenshistory #baseball #womenlead

"I am both humbled and eager to continue building the winning culture our fans expect and deserve," Ng said in a statement.

Join our friends at The Library of America for this upcoming event on 11/19:The history of how American women won the ri...
11/12/2020
The Nineteenth Amendment Turns 100

Join our friends at The Library of America for this upcoming event on 11/19:

The history of how American women won the right to vote has long been told as a heroic saga of a few iconic leaders—white, native-born, and based in eastern cities—culminating in triumph in 1920. The real story is longer and more expansive, and its cast of characters surprisingly diverse.

The new Library of America collection, "American Women’s Suffrage: Voices from the Long Struggle for the Vote 1776–1965" offers a fresh account of one of the most significant movements of political mobilization in American history. The struggle, it reveals, was always about more than achieving the franchise, addressing fundamental questions about women’s roles in politics and society, the relationship between citizenship and voting rights, and more.

Join volume editor Susan Ware, Honorary Women’s Suffrage Centennial Historian at the Radcliffe Institute, for a conversation with LOA editor Stefanie Peters about the true history of the suffrage movement and the context it offers for social activism in our own time.

A New Look at the History of Women's Suffrage

Our retail store is by women, for women. Shop now and check out the exciting new, inspiring products we just added!
11/12/2020
A Woman's Place is in The House and Senate

Our retail store is by women, for women. Shop now and check out the exciting new, inspiring products we just added!

Classic metal backed button is the perfect accessory for your pin board, denim jacket, or other outfit.2.25" x 2.25" round metal backed button"A Woman's Place is in the House and Senate" button for the 2020 election

On November 7, 2020, Kamala D. Harris became the first woman, the first African American woman, the first Indian-America...
11/12/2020
Kamala Harris

On November 7, 2020, Kamala D. Harris became the first woman, the first African American woman, the first Indian-American, the first person of Asian-American descent, and the first graduate of an HBCU to become the vice-president elect of the United States of America. As she said in her acceptance speech, she “may be the first, but [she] will not be the last.”

Kamala Harris has spent her life breaking glass ceilings -- read her biography here. #RepresentationMatters #Trailblazer #WomensHistory #HistoryMaker

On November 7, 2020, Kamala D. Harris became the first woman, the first African American woman, the first Indian-American, the first person of Asian-American descent, and the first graduate of an HBCU to become the Vice-President Elect of the U.S.

"Lucille Bridges, the mother of civil rights activist Ruby Bridges, who walked with her then-6-year-old daughter past cr...
11/12/2020
Lucille Bridges, Mother of Activist Ruby Bridges, Dies at 86

"Lucille Bridges, the mother of civil rights activist Ruby Bridges, who walked with her then-6-year-old daughter past crowds screaming racist slurs as she became the first Black student at her all-white New Orleans elementary school, has died at the age of 86." #womenshistory #historymaker #trailblazer

New Orleans' mayor has announced that Lucille Bridges, the mother of civil rights activist Ruby Bridges, has died at the age of 86.

Unlike the other women’s auxiliaries, the Women's Army Corp served in all theatres of the war, dispelling the notion tha...
11/11/2020
The Women's Army Corps: Female Soldiers in WWII

Unlike the other women’s auxiliaries, the Women's Army Corp served in all theatres of the war, dispelling the notion that women were unfit for combat conditions. Learn more in our virtual exhibit, The Women's Army Corp: Female Soldiers in World War II. #VeteransDay #WomenLead #Army

Unlike the other women’s auxiliaries, WACs served in all theatres of the war, dispelling the notion that women were unfit for combat conditions.

Today and everyday, we honor those who served. Thank you for protecting our country and our freedoms through your servic...
11/11/2020
Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) of WWII

Today and everyday, we honor those who served. Thank you for protecting our country and our freedoms through your service, dedication, and sacrifice.

In honor of Veterans Day, we're sharing some of the remarkable stories of women who served, beginning with the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS) of WWII. Click to explore our online exhibit and learn more about these trailblazing women. #VeteransDay

Referring to themselves as “Avenger Girls,” the Women Airforce Service Pilots were superheroes of aviation. They were the first women to fly for the US military, paving the way for women to serve equally in the US Air Force.

Join us for an exciting virtual talk on Sunday, November 22 at 1 p.m. ET with bestselling author Denise Kiernan! Hear ab...
11/10/2020
NWHM Presents! [email protected]: We Gather Together with Denise Kiernan

Join us for an exciting virtual talk on Sunday, November 22 at 1 p.m. ET with bestselling author Denise Kiernan! Hear about her latest book, “We Gather Together: A Nation Divided, A President in Turmoil, and a Historic Campaign to Embrace Gratitude and Grace,” and learn the fascinating story of Sarah Josepha Hale, a widowed mother who campaigned for decades to establish an annual day of thanks despite personal tragedy and political conflict. Best-selling author and CNN contributor, Kate Anderson Brower, will moderate the discussion. Registration is free but please do so in advance.

The story of Sarah Josepha Hale who, despite ongoing political turmoil, campaigned for decades to make real an annual day of thanks.

Celebrate the 245th birthday of the United States Marine Corps by exploring our new exhibit, “'Be a Marine, Free a Marin...
11/10/2020
"Be a Marine, Free a Marine to Fight": The United States Marine Corps Women's Reserve

Celebrate the 245th birthday of the United States Marine Corps by exploring our new exhibit, “'Be a Marine, Free a Marine to Fight:' The United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve." Explore the lives & history of the unsung women who fought to serve their country as Marines during World War II. #USMC #WomensHistory https://www.womenshistory.org/exhibits/be-marine-free-marine-fight-united-states-marine-corps-womens-reserve

“Be a Marine, Free a Marine to Fight:” The United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve explores the lives and history of the unsung women who fought to serve their country as Marines during the Second World War.

"The Northern Cheyenne Tribe made history Tuesday by electing women for all of its open tribal council seats.The tribe h...
11/09/2020
Women take the win in Northern Cheyenne Tribal election

"The Northern Cheyenne Tribe made history Tuesday by electing women for all of its open tribal council seats.

The tribe held its election on Tuesday.

Of the five open seats on the tribal council, along with the tribal president and vice president, all winners were women."

#WomenVoteWomenWin #WomenLead #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #WomensHistory

The Northern Cheyenne Tribe made history Tuesday by electing women for all of its open tribal council seats.

"New Mexico made history by electing its first U.S. House delegation made up of all women of color, the result of three ...
11/08/2020
New Mexico elects its first all women of color House delegation

"New Mexico made history by electing its first U.S. House delegation made up of all women of color, the result of three races with women running in both major parties.

Democrat Deb Haaland, one of the first Native American women in Congress, was elected to a second term in the 1st Congressional District; Republican Yvette Herrell, a member of Cherokee Nation, defeated the incumbent in a closely-watched race in the 2nd; and Democrat Teresa Leger Fernandez was elected to represent the 3rd District, the first woman to hold the seat since its creation in 1983." #WomenVoteWomenWin #WomenLead #representationmatters

The historic New Mexico House delegation formed out of three races with women running in both major parties.

“Yes, sister, sometimes we may be the only one that looks like us walking in that room,” she told a largely Black audien...
11/07/2020
Kamala Harris Makes History as First Woman and Woman of Color as Vice President

“Yes, sister, sometimes we may be the only one that looks like us walking in that room,” she told a largely Black audience in Fort Worth. “But the thing we all know is we never walk in those rooms alone — we are all in that room together.”

With her ascension to the vice presidency, Ms. Harris will become the first woman and first woman of color to hold that office. #RepresentationMatters #KamalaHarris #WomenLead

Ms. Harris, the daughter of an Indian mother and Jamaican father, has risen higher in the country’s leadership than any woman ever before her.

Join us on Sunday, November 15 at 3 pm ET for a free virtual tour of our newest exhibit, "'Be a Marine, Free a Marine to...
11/06/2020
"Be a Marine, Free a Marine to Fight": The USMC Women's Reserve

Join us on Sunday, November 15 at 3 pm ET for a free virtual tour of our newest exhibit, "'Be a Marine, Free a Marine to Fight': The United States Marine Corps Women's Reserve in WWII." Register today to learn about the unsung women heroes who served our nation! #WomensHistory #USMC #WomenMarines #WomenLead

Join the NWHM on November 15 at 3:00pm for a free virtual tour of the NWHM's newest exhibit, "Be a Marine, Free a Marine to Fight".

Did you know that #WWI was the specific catalyst for the triumph of suffrage worldwide? Learn more in this article on "F...
11/05/2020
Fighting on Two Fronts Women's Suffrage and Uncle Sam's Hello Girls

Did you know that #WWI was the specific catalyst for the triumph of suffrage worldwide? Learn more in this article on "Fighting on Two Fronts: Women's Suffrage and Uncle Sam's Hello Girls" #womenshistory #womenvotewomenwin

American women were soldiers before they were voters. The history of women’s suffrage often focuses on activists in Washington. We also need to look at the battlefields of France.

Calling all kids! Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a special Brave Girls Virtual Story Time on November 18!...
11/05/2020
Brave Girls Virtual Story Time

Calling all kids! Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a special Brave Girls Virtual Story Time on November 18! Children's book author Jennifer Marino Walters will read her new release, “Maria Tallchief: Native America's Prima Ballerina,” and answer audience questions about the trailblazing dancer. Register now for this free virtual event!
#NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #MariaTallchief #KnowHerName #Ballet

Join the NWHM for a special Brave Girls Virtual Story Time in celebration of Native American Heritage Month!

11/03/2020
Women Vote, Women Win: Why I Vote

"For all the women who still can't, and all the women who couldn't."

#WomenVoteWomenWin #Vote #19thAmendment

The National Women's History Museum asked our members and supporters to tell us why voting was important to them. Part of our Women Vote, Women Win initiativ...

11/03/2020

Hope everyone's Election Day is going well! Tell us you voted and share your voting selfie in the comments! #WomenVoteWomenWin

Happy Election Day, America! Have YOU voted yet?
11/03/2020

Happy Election Day, America! Have YOU voted yet?

11/02/2020
Women Vote, Women Win: Our Turn.

We stand on the shoulders of the women who so courageously fought for our right to vote. NWHM Ambassadors and supporters remind us that it's our turn to show up, because when women vote, women win. #WomenVoteWomenWin #Vote

11/01/2020
NWHM Presents! Picturing Political Power with Allison Lange

Missed us last Sunday? Watch our discussion with Allison Lange, author of "Picturing Political Power: Images in the Women’s Suffrage Movement." Learn how political imagery depicted suffragists and how women in political power are portrayed today. #womenvotewomenwin #19thAmendment #suffrage

Join NWHM and author Allison K. Lange for exploration of how political imagery depicted women suffragists and how women in political power are portrayed toda...

11/01/2020
Women Vote, Women Win

For all of the women who have ever stepped off the sidelines to make their voice heard, this video is for you. #WomenVoteWomenWin #Vote #GOTV

Happy Halloween -- a night of ghosts and goblins, costumes, candy, and witches with hot boiling cauldrons! Check out the...
10/31/2020
Boo! The History of Halloween

Happy Halloween -- a night of ghosts and goblins, costumes, candy, and witches with hot boiling cauldrons! Check out the history of #Halloween here.

Halloween, a night of ghosts and goblins, costumes, candy, and witches with hot boiling cauldrons. For centuries, the 31st of October has captured the hearts and imaginations of playful and mischievous children and adults alike who relished in its spooks.

10/30/2020
Women Vote, Women Win: Why I Vote

We asked women to tell us why voting was important to them. This video is part of our Women Vote, Women Win initiative, which honors the legacy of all of the women who have fought for women's right to vote, not only leading up to the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, but throughout the many decades that followed and into present day. Make a plan to vote at vote.org. Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

Thank you to everyone who participated and shared their voice.

Who is deemed “fit” to vote and what makes an ideal voter? Who was enfranchised by the ratification of the 19th Amendmen...
10/29/2020

Who is deemed “fit” to vote and what makes an ideal voter? Who was enfranchised by the ratification of the 19th Amendment and who was left out? Questions of citizenship rights, immigration, domestic migration, and the “qualities” deemed acceptable of an “ideal voter” during the 19th century both informed and transformed the national debate around woman suffrage. Join NWHM in collaboration with the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library on November 19 for this important discussion. The “Determined to Rise”: Women’s Historical Activism for Equal Rights panel discussion series is made possible through the financial support of Ms. Jeanette Sharpe, Pivotal Ventures, and Husch Blackwell, LLP. Registration is free but you must do so in advance:
https://events.matchboxvirtual.com/item/nwhm-fit-vote-influence-immigration-citizenship-rights-woman-suffrage-movement-384057

"The Latinx community is essential at all times, but the COVID-19 pandemic has only amplified the struggle for economic ...
10/29/2020
Commentary: America Ferrera: Latinas are essential. Pay us.

"The Latinx community is essential at all times, but the COVID-19 pandemic has only amplified the struggle for economic security in the Latinx community. And Latinas are still paid only 67¢ on the dollar."

On Latina Equal Pay Day, Latinas are more essential—and deserving of fair wages—than ever, writes actor and activist America Ferrera.

Passionate about sharing women’s voices and amplifying women's impact? Interested in marketing and communications? Join ...
10/28/2020
National Women's History Museum - National Women's History Museum Communications and Marketing Internship - VIRTUAL (Spring 2021)

Passionate about sharing women’s voices and amplifying women's impact? Interested in marketing and communications? Join us at the National Women’s History Museum as a marketing and communications intern for the spring semester! Apply by December 2, and please share this listing with your friends and family!

This position will work remotely for the duration of the internship; applicant must have reliable access to internet. Communication between Intern and NWHM staff will be conducted via telephone, email, and video conferencing. The National Women's History Museum is seeking a highly motivated, creativ...

Have you voted yet? Share your voter pride with one of our new I VOTED! profile frames. Try now (available in English an...
10/28/2020

Have you voted yet? Share your voter pride with one of our new I VOTED! profile frames. Try now (available in English and Spanish)!

10/27/2020
Women Vote, Women Win: Tracie Hall

Tracie Hall, executive director of the American Library Association and member of our National Coalition, shares why voting is important to her: "I vote because I care about the future of this country. I vote because I care about libraries. And I vote because strong libraries make strong communities." #womenvotewomenwin #vote #GOTV

10/27/2020
Women Vote, Women Win: Amy Hinojosa

Amy Hinojosa, president and CEO of MANA, A National Latina Organization, and member of our National Coalition, shared this video about why she votes:

"As an advocate for Hispanic women and girls, I could not be more proud to see how women -- particular women of color -- increasingly shape not only our ideal of a more perfect union, but are centered in the leadership needed to create a government of the people, for the people, and by the people." #WomenVoteWomenWin #Vote #GOTV #WomenLead #MANA

“Women have literally shaped the American landscape and continue to today,” said Charles A. Birnbaum, president and chie...
10/26/2020
The Little-Known Women Behind Some Well-Known Landscapes

“Women have literally shaped the American landscape and continue to today,” said Charles A. Birnbaum, president and chief executive of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, “but their names and contributions are largely unknown.” For example, Ruth Shellhorn, who created the private gardens of many Hollywood moguls and worked directly with Walt Disney on his park in California, “has been overshadowed,” Mr. Birnbaum said. “At Disneyland today, there’s no recognition of her work.”

“Women have literally shaped the American landscape and continue to today, but their names and contributions are largely unknown.”

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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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