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.

"As Black mothers, we are living in an especially troublesome time — sandwiched between the current public health threat...
06/01/2020
The unbearable grief of Black mothers

"As Black mothers, we are living in an especially troublesome time — sandwiched between the current public health threat of Covid-19 and the longtime reality of police brutality. We are trapped in a double-bind of racism.

While there’s an influx of “pandemic grief guides,” none are useful in teaching Black children that the virus is terrifying, but that racism is the public health crisis more likely to kill you. There are no instructions about where Black mothers are supposed to place their fears and sorrow."

Between Covid-19 and police brutality, the burden of grief is yet another risk to Black mothers’ health.

In January 1942, twelve Navy nurses were stationed at a makeshift hospital in Manila when they were taken prisoner of wa...
06/01/2020
NWHM Presents! This is Really War: The Incredible True Story of a Navy Nurse POW in the Occupied Philippines

In January 1942, twelve Navy nurses were stationed at a makeshift hospital in Manila when they were taken prisoner of war by the Empire of Japan and sent to Santo Tomas prison camp. Under the direction of Chief Nurse Laura Cobb, the women maintained rank and provided nursing care to thousands of desperate and ailing inmates. Transferred to Los Baños in May 1943, a countryside camp where they were the only medical care providers (and women), the navy nurses built a makeshift infirmary and continued to provide care even as food rations dwindled and mass starvation began. By the time of their liberation, the twelve nurses all had their own health problems and each weighed less than 100 pounds. Yet, they selflessly continued to provide care.

All twelve nursed until the end. All twelve came home. But when they came home, they were advised not to speak of their experiences. In the years to come, they suffered in silence with their memories.

Join the National Women’s History Museum at 1:00pm EST on Monday, June 15 for a Zoom presentation as author Dr. Emilie L. Lucchesi tells the heroic story of “The Twelve Anchors,” who fought for life in a dark time. This event is free, but registration is required.

NWHM Presents! This is Really War: The Incredible True Story of a Navy Nurse POW in the Occupied Philippines In January 1942, twelve Navy nurses were stationed at a makeshift hospital in Manila when they were taken prisoner of war by the Empire of Japan and sent to Santo Tomas prison camp. Under the...

As far back as the 19th century, Black women fought for civil rights. They resisted slavery. They spoke out against raci...
06/01/2020
Standing up for Change: African American Women and the Civil Rights Movement - National Women’s History Museum - Google Arts & Culture

As far back as the 19th century, Black women fought for civil rights. They resisted slavery. They spoke out against racism. They established women’s clubs to improve conditions for African Americans. They worked in politics and journalism, organized Black labor, and supported education. In the 20th century, they formed the backbone of the modern Civil Rights Movement. Black women were the critical mass, the grassroots leaders challenging America to embrace justice and equality for all, and they continue to lead the fight today.

As far back as the 19th century, African American women fought for civil rights. They resisted slavery. They spoke out against racism. They established wom...

Women, let's make sure our voices are included in the telling of the COVID-19 story. Join us and share your story, and i...
05/28/2020
The National Women’s History Museum Launches Women Writing History: A Coronavirus Journaling Project

Women, let's make sure our voices are included in the telling of the COVID-19 story. Join us and share your story, and invite your friends and family to do the same.

"Despite being more than 50% of the population, women have largely been left out of the history books. When they’re included at all, their stories are often episodic components woven into a larger narrative centered on the experience and accomplishments of men,” said Holly Hotchner, president and CEO of the National Women’s History Museum. “Sociologists and economists warn us that the COVID-19 pandemic is and will disproportionately affect women’s lives more so than men, and we want to ensure that women’s stories are recorded and shared, so that future history books are informed by women’s experiences during this global health crisis. This project really speaks to who we are as an institution. There’s an urgency to record women’s history as it unfolds.”

The National Women’s History Museum is pleased to launch Women Writing History: A Coronavirus Journaling Project, an initiative designed to ensure that women and girls’ unique voices and experiences are not left out of the telling of the COVID-19 story.

We're thrilled to announce the appointments of Tena Clark and Carol McCarthy to our Board of Directors!“We couldn’t be m...
05/27/2020
The National Women’s History Museum Welcomes Tena Clark and Carol McCarthy to Its Board of Directors

We're thrilled to announce the appointments of Tena Clark and Carol McCarthy to our Board of Directors!

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Tena and Carol to our Board of Directors,” said Susan Whiting, chair of the NWHM Board of Directors. “These two women are extraordinary leaders in their fields and are champions of women’s representation. Our Museum will greatly benefit from their experience, expertise, and advocacy on behalf of women, and we look forward to working with them to advance our mission.”

The National Women’s History Museum announces the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors: Tena Clark, CEO & chief creative officer of DMI Music & Media Solutions, and Carol McCarthy, executive vice president of Motion Agency

Happy Sally Ride Day! Not only was Sally Ride the first American woman in space, but throughout her life, Dr. Ride broke...
05/26/2020
Sally Ride

Happy Sally Ride Day! Not only was Sally Ride the first American woman in space, but throughout her life, Dr. Ride broke barriers and worked to ensure that girls and women were encouraged to do the same. Learn more about this extraordinary, trailblazing woman at the link below!

Sally Ride, Astronaut, Women's History, National Women's History Museum, American, Space

05/25/2020

Today and everyday, we remember and honor those who gave their lives for our country, and we hold their families in our hearts. #MemorialDay

ICYMI: We want to make sure women's experiences are included in the telling of the COVID-19 story. Join us for our new j...
05/23/2020
Women Writing History: A Coronavirus Journaling Project

ICYMI: We want to make sure women's experiences are included in the telling of the COVID-19 story. Join us for our new journaling project as we write history, together. Please share this project with the women in your life -- we want women of all ages and backgrounds to participate.

Women Writing History: A Coronavirus Journaling Project We are living in unprecedented times indeed. History-making times. Times that challenge, burden, and cause many women to re-think and re-imagine the workings of their daily lives. Sociologists and economists warn us that the COVID-19 pandemic i...

05/22/2020
Cooking with the First Ladies: Florence Harding's Waffle Recipe

Looking for a fun activity to do this weekend? Join us for Cooking with the First Ladies, as we cook our way through our First Ladies Cookbook. In our inaugural video, NWHM Education Programs Manager Liz Eberlein makes Florence Harding's Waffles. Bon Appétit!

Welcome to Cooking with the First Ladies! In this week's episode, NWHM's education program's manager, Liz Eberlein, makes First Lady Florence Harding's waffl...

Today is International Museum Day 2020, which is focused this year on "Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion."  ...
05/18/2020

Today is International Museum Day 2020, which is focused this year on "Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion."

Representation matters, and we're proud to be a Museum centered on diversity, equity, equality, and inclusion. We work every day to bring to life the countless untold stories of women throughout history and serve as a space for all to inspire, experience, collaborate, and amplify women’s impact—past, present, and future. Thank you for making history with us, and ensuring that women's voices are heard. Happy International Museum Day, friends!

Rest in peace, Phyllis George. "As a co-host of CBS’s pregame football show 'The NFL Today,' Ms. George made her name as...
05/17/2020
Phyllis George, Miss America who became a trailblazing sportscaster, dies at 70

Rest in peace, Phyllis George.

"As a co-host of CBS’s pregame football show 'The NFL Today,' Ms. George made her name as one of the first female sportscasters and introduced a strain of personality-driven coverage that was quickly imitated around the dial."

After hosting CBS’s pregame football show “The NFL Today,” she became first lady of Kentucky.

05/14/2020
Women's History Minute: "Deborah Sampson"

Deborah Sampson became a hero of the American Revolution when she disguised herself as a man & joined the Patriot forces. She was the only woman to earn a full military pension for participation in the Revolutionary army.

Click below for today's Women's History Minute and #KnowHerStory! #WomensHistory

Mark your calendar for the Massachusetts Historical Society's upcoming free virtual program on June 3: Picturing Politic...
05/14/2020
Massachusetts Historical Society: MHS Calendar of Events

Mark your calendar for the Massachusetts Historical Society's upcoming free virtual program on June 3: Picturing Political Power: Images in the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Author Allison K. Lange, in conversation with Catherine Allgor, Massachusetts Historical Society President and National Women's History Museum Board Member, will explore how pictures proved central to suffragists’ efforts to change expectations for women, fighting back against the accepted norms of their times. #Suffrage #WomensHistory #19thAmendment https://www.masshist.org/calendar/event?event=3267

05/13/2020
Brave Girls Virtual Storytime: Gloria Calderón Kellett Reads Drum Dream Girl

Looking for the perfect bedtime story for your brave girls and boys? Today's book is Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle, read by NWHM Ambassador, One Day At A Time co-creator and showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett! Don't forget to check out our accompanying learning guide, too, available on our website at womenshistory.org.

05/12/2020
Women's History Minute: "Maria Tallchief"

#DYK Maria Tallchief?

At the age of 17, Maria Tallchief moved to New York City to pursue her dreams of becoming a dancer. She went from dance company to dance company looking for work. Many of the companies discriminated against her because of her Native American ancestry. Rejection did not stop Tallchief; she continued working towards her goal and eventually became one of America’s most popular ballerinas.

#KnowHerName and learn more about this inspiring woman in today's Women's History Minute!

It's the final day of teacher appreciation week, but we celebrate educators all year long!  Learn more about teaching an...
05/08/2020
Why are So Many Teachers Women?

It's the final day of teacher appreciation week, but we celebrate educators all year long!

Learn more about teaching and why so many teachers are women in this article and discussion, which explore how higher education changed women, and how women changed higher education. #ThankYouTeachers #WomensHistory

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05/06/2020
Brave Girls Virtual Storytime: The Invisible String by Patrice Karst, read by Edy Ganem

Hi Brave Girls! In today's Brave Girls Virtual Storytime, National Women's History Museum Ambassador, actress Edy Ganem reads Patrice Karst's beautiful and moving children's book, The Invisible String.

Hello Brave Girls and Boys! For today's story, we're reading The Invisible String by Patrice Karst, read by NWHM Ambassador, actress Edy Ganem! Don't forget ...

“The only thing she really had was the truth,” Duster said Monday, noting that Wells’ life was not easy and admirers sho...
05/05/2020
Ida B. Wells receives Pulitzer Prize citation: ‘The only thing she really had was the truth’

“The only thing she really had was the truth,” Duster said Monday, noting that Wells’ life was not easy and admirers should not minimize what she overcame. “And she used journalism as a tool to not just report what was going on, but she used her skill as a journalist, to the best of her ability, to impact social change.”

Ida B. Wells, the investigative journalist, civil rights crusader and legendary Chicagoan, received a Pulitzer Prize citation as part of this year’s annual awards ceremony.

We're so proud of the extensive compendium of resources and digital learning experiences we've curated over two decades-...
05/05/2020

We're so proud of the extensive compendium of resources and digital learning experiences we've curated over two decades--programming we've expanded significantly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow, and we'd be so grateful for your support to help us continue to develop and deliver quality women's history resources and programming for at-home learning and educating.

As we navigate this uncertain and scary time, we remain committed to ensuring that women's stories are shared and included not only in our history books, but in our current national narrative as well. Your support helps us realize this important mission, and we couldn't be more grateful. https://www.womenshistory.org/donate

"DiGangi took the remains to her laboratory at Binghamton University to do a full analysis. Some worried that other rema...
05/05/2020
The Missing Grave of Margaret Corbin, Revolutionary War Veteran

"DiGangi took the remains to her laboratory at Binghamton University to do a full analysis. Some worried that other remains were mixed up with Corbin’s. (In the past, West Point has discovered unknown remains when they’ve broken new ground for construction.) Ultimately, DiGangi’s analysis revealed something even more shocking: The remains in Corbin’s grave actually came from an adult male. DiGangi determined that it was a large man, who could’ve been anywhere from five-foot-seven to six and a half feet tall. The remains of Margaret Corbin were not in Margaret Corbin’s grave."

She's the only woman veteran honored with a monument at West Point. But where was she buried?

"Six weeks into widespread self-quarantine, editors of academic journals have started noticing a trend: Women — who inev...
05/04/2020
Women academics seem to be submitting fewer papers during coronavirus. ‘Never seen anything like it,’ says one editor.

"Six weeks into widespread self-quarantine, editors of academic journals have started noticing a trend: Women — who inevitably shoulder a greater share of family responsibilities — seem to be submitting fewer papers. This threatens to derail the careers of women in academia, says Leslie Gonzales, a professor of education administration at Michigan State University, who focuses on strategies for diversifying the academic field: When institutions are deciding who to grant tenure to, how will they evaluate a candidate’s accomplishments during coronavirus?"

Men are submitting up to 50 percent more

"The invisible, unpredictable force of the pandemic risked derailing her carefully planned campaign to secure women’s ri...
05/02/2020
How the Spanish Flu Almost Upended Women's Suffrage

"The invisible, unpredictable force of the pandemic risked derailing her carefully planned campaign to secure women’s right to vote. The 19th Amendment was, at that moment, hanging by a thread in Congress. And the national suffrage movement, led in large part by two organizations — Catt’s National American Woman Suffrage Association and the National Woman’s Party — had managed to drum up immense momentum only to see it quickly dissipate as the country shut down public gatherings and ordered people to stay home."

Canceled rallies. A looming election. A stretched health care system with a predominantly female face. Women’s frustrations then resonate loud and clear today.

New Exhibit! SPARS: Coast Guard Women in WWII It was the participation and service of the SPARs during WWII which paved ...
05/01/2020
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New Exhibit! SPARS: Coast Guard Women in WWII

It was the participation and service of the SPARs during WWII which paved the way forward for women in the Coast Guard and shattered any preconceptions regarding women's potential and ability to serve their country. While they were not explicitly on the front lines like women from other branches, their efforts in freeing Coast Guard men to join the fray ultimately aided the Allies' success and proved that women were fit for any job and occupation, resulting in more women entering the general workforce in the decades to come. Check out the exhibit here!

Looking for the perfect gift this Mother's Day? Check out our Museum store, by women, for women. 100% of the sales go to...
04/30/2020
Rosie the Riveter

Looking for the perfect gift this Mother's Day? Check out our Museum store, by women, for women. 100% of the sales go to help us make the dream of a physical National Women's History Museum a reality. Order by Tuesday (with priority shipping) to have your gift arrive in time for Mother's Day.

EVERYDAY ARTIFACT Whether you are expressing your emotions or capturing memories, these simple necklaces are a sweet gift. Everyday Artifact has combined oxidized sterling silver, resin with heartfelt words, thoughts and emotions to make a one-of-a-kind piece. Material: Resin, Oxidized Sterling Silv...

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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 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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