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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 Sadker
Professor, Author, Researcher, and Activist

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How do Latina Congresswomen represent their communities? Since 1989, more and more Latinas from across the country have served in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Representing diverse political perspectives, Latinas in Congress show the growing power of their communities in U.S. politics. Explore how Latina Congresswomen represent their constituents and create change for their communities and the country at large. Visit exhibit here in English or Spanish.  

 

Fab Five Biographies this October

The “Fab Five,” a monthly curated selection of biographies and learning resources featuring five notable women from history and current newsmakers. 

The arts and humanities have always helped us express our ideas, explore our emotions, and connect with each other across time, space, and culture. This National Arts and Humanities Month, explore the stories of women that have made an impact on American culture locally and nationally: Selma Burke, Beverly Cleary, Rosie Lee Tompkins, Miné Okubo, and Lorraine Hansberry. 

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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Many of us are not sure how to counter racism when we witness it and don’t know what to say when people we know downplay or trivialize the hate, prejudice and discrimination that people of color experience in our country.

Being an ally in the struggle for racial justice and equity goes beyond simply not being racist. We hope this list of resources help to educate and motivate you to take action.

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. 

Museum News

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New Exhibit: Women Run, Women Win: Latinas in Congress

Our new virtual exhibit, presented in partnership with Telemundo’s Unstoppable Women program, explores how Latina Congresswomen represent their constituents and create change for their communities and the country at large.
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General Vaught wearing blue wearing Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Congratulations to Brigadier General Wilma Vaught (Ret.), NWHM Board Member Emerita, on receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Learn about General Vaught's life of service and work championing women's representation here.
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Explore Our New Resource Toolkit

Designed for learners of all ages, this free toolkit, created in partnership with NBCUniversal Telemundo Unstoppable Women, highlights and explores the diverse voices, contributions, and achievements of unstoppable Hispanic American women, Mujeres Imparables.

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Women’s Political Engagement in the Nation’s Capital

From the national halls of Congress to the local streets of Washington, D.C., join us on 10/16 at 3 p.m. EDT for a virtual tour of the nation’s capital. This guided experience, led by our friends at A Tour Of Her Own, will explore historical sites and stories central to women’s political engagement and feminist movements throughout American history.

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Calling All Kids!

Join NWHM and author Joanne Robertson as she reads her 2019 picture book, The Water Walker, followed by a live Q&A with the audience.

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Historical Empathy in Women’s History

Explore how learners can use the practice of historical empathy to examine the role and impact of women throughout history. Based on the work of, and facilitated by, Dr. Katherine Perrotta, educators will engage in discussions about the C3 Framework for Social Studies Standards, its ties to historical empathy, and its use in the classroom with focus on the example of pathbreaking civil rights activist Elizabeth Jennings.

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Upcoming Events

2022-10-12

Brave Girls Virtual Storytime: The Water Walker

Join NWHM and author Joanne Robertson as she reads her 2019 picture book, The Water Walker.
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2022-10-13

Virtual Workshop for Educators, Session 2: Historical Empathy and Elizabeth Jennings

Session 2 will introduce the story of Elizabeth Jennings and how to use primary and secondary sources when planning C3-aligned lessons.
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2022-10-16

[email protected]: Hear Her Roar: Women’s Political Engagement in the Nation’s Capital

From the national halls of Congress to the local streets of Washington, D.C., join NWHM for a virtual tour of the nation's capital. This guided experience, led by A Tour of Her Own, will explore historical sites and stories.
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2022-10-19

Brave Girls Virtual Storytime: Lizzie Demands a Seat!

Join NWHM and author Beth Anderson as she reads her 2020 picture book, Lizzie Demands a Seat! Elizabeth Jennings Fights for Streetcar Rights, followed by a Q&A with the audience.
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