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
This fall, NWHM and DC Public Library are launching Black Feminist Book Club! Black Feminist Book Club is a traveling book club that brings together community members to read, discuss, and take action inspired by Black feminist texts. Book clubs will be hosted at different locations around DC, from branches of the DC Public Library to other community spaces. Participants will be able to explore the selected text together, take field trips to special exhibitions and community spaces, meet local organizations that continue the work of historical Black feminists, and more.
Check upcoming sessions and register here.
Featured Biographies for September
Felisa Rincón de Gautier, affectionately known to the public as Doña Fela, became the first female mayor of a capital city in the Americas when she was appointed mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1946.
You can learn more about Latinas of Puerto Rican descent in all levels of government in this month’s featured biographies in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage 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
Explore Virtual Exhibits
Representation with a Hyphen: Latinas in the Fight for Women's Suffrage
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
NWHM, Women Connect4Good, and Artist Tiffany Shlain Announce Dendrofemonology: The Feminist History Tree Ring Sculpture Installation on the National Mall
United States Mint Announces Designs for 2024 American Women Quarters™ Program Coins
Watch: Frédérique Irwin Joins 7NewsDC for a Conversation About the National Women's History Museum
Join Us on a Walking Tour!
Explore the history of Black feminism in Washington, DC on Saturday, September 30 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
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.