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Lessons from the Front Porch Swing by Phyllis Parrish Alston (Christian Faith Publishing, Inc., 2019)

From the publisher: Selma, Alabama, native Lula "Mama" Sharpe possessed all the characteristics of a forceful Southern grandmother: undeniable charm, strong personality, ability to dish out unsolicited advice, unreserved love, remedies for ailments . . . and a frank way of delivering the lessons she valued. Each day, weather permitting, Mama sat on her front porch swing while teaching, advising, and encouraging her two granddaughters and anyone else in the community she deemed in need of guidance.

From NWHM staff: Revisit these gentle life lessons as captured by NWHM Presents! [email protected] guest Phyllis Parrish Alston and find healing, compassion, and comfort in “Mama” Sharpe’s timeless, matriarchal wisdom.

Support Women's History

It’s Time to Complete the Story. 

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

Articles & Features

Every American child learns about Rosa Parks in school. On December 1, 1955, she, a black woman, was arrested for refusing to give her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus to a white man. Nine months earlier, Claudette Colvin was arrested for the exact same thing. She was just 15 years old.

Fab Five Biographies

This February, the NWHM celebrates African-American Women in Arts & Culture - artists, writers, and musicians who pursued their passions, rose to the tops of their fields, and made a lasting legacy in Arts & Culture! 

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 Black people (and other people of color) experience in our country.

Being an ally in the struggle for African-American justice and equality 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

Vice President Kamala Harris, Glass Ceiling Breaker

Glass Portrait of Vice President Kamala Harris at Lincoln Memorial Celebrates Her Shattering of Historic Glass Ceiling

In partnership with Chief and BBH New York, NWHM honors Vice President Kamala Harris changing the narrative of our nation. And for all the changes to come as more glass ceilings are broken.
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Virtual Summit to Investigate the Underrepresentation of Women in U.S. History and Social Studies Curriculum

The National Women's History Museum is proud to join the producers of the hit women’s history documentary series, ​Unladylike2020​, ​for a virtual summit with PBS and national education partners on February 13, 2021 titled, "​Where Are the Women?"
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Upcoming Events

2021-03-08

NWHM Presents! And She Could Be Next Film Screening and Discussion, Episode 1

Join NWH for a special two-part screening of And She Could Be Next, POV’s first broadcast miniseries, in honor of International Women's Day.
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2021-03-11

In Dialogue: Smithsonian Objects and Social Justice

What does a leader do? Together with the National Portrait Gallery and the National Air and Space Museum, we will explore this key question in relationship to portraits of Sojourner Truth, Sylvia Rivera, and Bessie Coleman.
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2021-03-15

NWHM Presents! And She Could Be Next Film Screening and Discussion, Episode 2

Join NWHM for a special two-part screening of And She Could Be Next, POV’s first broadcast miniseries, in honor of International Women's Day.
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2021-03-24

Brave Girls Virtual Storytime: Ambitious Girl

Join illustrator Marissa Valdez for a very special Brave Girls Virtual Storytime reading of Ambitious Girl by Meena Harris.
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