Founded in 1996, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) is an innovative online museum dedicated to uncovering, interpreting, and celebrating women’s diverse contributions to society. A renowned leader in women’s history education, the Museum brings to life the countless untold stories of women throughout history, and serves as a space for all to inspire, experience, collaborate, and amplify women’s impact—past, present, and future. We strive to fundamentally change the way women and girls see their potential and power.
Each time a girl opens a book and reads a womanless history, she learns she is worth less.Myra Pollack SadkerProfessor, Author, Researcher, and Activist
Explore the history of Black feminism in Washington, DC with the National Women’s History Museum and National Coalition Partner A Tour Of Her Own.
Each walking tour in the three-part series will include a private tour of the NWHM’s exhibition We Who Believe in Freedom: Black Feminist DC at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library as well as a custom tour of downtown DC sites. Each tour will feature different routes, and participants are welcome to sign up for multiple tours in the series.
Featured Biographies for October
When diagnosed with breast cancer in 1977, Audre Lorde found that the ordeals of cancer treatment and mastectomy were shrouded in silence for women and found the experience even further isolating as a Black lesbian woman. Lorde felt that the narratives of coping and healing she did encounter were designed solely for white, heterosexual women. To combat this silence and to foster connection with other lesbians and women of color facing the same struggles, Lorde offered a raw portrait of her own pain, suffering, reflection, and hope in The Cancer Journals (1980).
You can learn more about Audre Lorde and others in our featured biographies during LGBTQ+ History Month.
Use the NWHM’s compendium of online biographies to spark curiosity and dig deeper into women’s impact throughout our shared national history. Explore more here.
If we want our girls to benefit from the courage and wisdom of the women before them, we have to share the stories.Shireen Dodson
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Students and Educators
Discover our educational resources. Find lesson plans, biographies, posters, timelines, videos, and more on a wide variety of women's history topics.
The National Women’s History Museum, U.S. Mint, and the University of Texas at San Antonio to Co-Host Event Celebrating Jovita Idar Quarter Release
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United States Mint Announces Designs for 2024 American Women Quarters™ Program Coins
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Join Us on a Walking Tour!
Explore the history of Black feminism in Washington, DC on Sunday, October 22 with the National Women’s History Museum and National Coalition Partner A Tour Of Her Own.
A Revolutionary Call to Action for #MeToo and Beyond
Special In-Person Screening and Talkback
Join us on October 26 at the MLK Library in Washington, DC for a screening of the documentary film, "Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise," followed by a talkback with the film's director, Rita Coburn, and other special guests.
Parable of the Sower
Join NWHM, DC Public Library, and other community partners on October 18 at the MLK Library to discuss Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower, part of Black Feminist Book Club inspired by We Who Believe in Freedom: Black Feminist DC.
Mark your calendars for October 12 at 1 p.m. Join us and moderator Wendy Doyle of United WE, children’s author Karen M. Greenwald, Mayor Mattie Parker of Fort Worth, former Mayor Melina Carnicelli of Auburn (NY), and former Mayor Diana Smith of Seneca Falls (NY) for a discussion about their election victories, obstacles in office, and how Mayor Susanna Salter, America’s (and the world’s) first woman elected mayor who served, story reflects their own.
NWHM's first physical exhibition, We Who Believe in Freedom: Black Feminist DC, traces Black feminism in Washington, DC from the turn of the 20th century through the civil rights and Black Power movements to today.
Calling All Book Lovers!
Join us on October 29 from 3-4 p.m. ET for the next meeting of our virtual Women’s History Book Club. We'll discuss The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray (Berkley, June 7, 2022). Space is limited.