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Q&A with Ellen Ochoa

Dr. Ellen Ochoa was the first female Hispanic astronaut. Recently, we sat down with her for a discussion about her career, the future of women in aeronautics, and inspiring future generations of women.
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Military Artifact Highlight

Women have long been part of a powerful history of military service, risking their lives for cause and country. Explore women’s military history with these artifacts held by the Museum.
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Feminism on the Flat Track

In the early 2000s, roller derby witnessed a revival, quickly becoming a popular sporting event and past time. Yet roller derby’s history stretches back to over a century ago.
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Dorothea Dix and Cornelia Hancock

On April 14, 1861, Fort Sumter fell—the beginning of four years of brutal war. Thousands of women volunteered as nurses. By one estimate, more than twenty thousand women serves as nurses on the Union side during the war.
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Celebrating Asian American Women

Asian American women have made a significant impact on the United States in a wide variety of fields. Despite facing both racial discrimination and sexism, these women stood strong, challenged stereotypes, and paved the way for future generations.
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Daring Dames

Women have worked hard and sacrificed much through the centuries to achieve their status in American society. Here are 4 Daring Dames who defied stereotypes to accomplish great things.
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Fanni's Viennese Kitchen

When my mother was a young teenager during the Great Depression, she was too embarrassed to bring her friends over to witness the homey scene taking place in the central dining room.
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Shop Til’ You Drop

Our culture defines shopping as a feminine pursuit. In our consumer culture women are seen as the primary consumers. But why and how did consumerism and shopping come to be associated with femininity?
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Department Stores: Changing the Fashion Pattern

Department stores such as Lord & Taylor, Macy's, and Woodward & Lothrop played important roles in the relationship between the fashion industry and marketing to the female consumer. They became popular towards the end of the 19th century and turn shopping
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