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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

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August 26th, 1970 – the year before “Women’s Equality Day” was passed by Congress – was the date of a nationwide Women’s Strike for Equality. Fifty years after the 19th Amendment was ratified, women across the nation joined together to demand equal opportunities in employment and education. Learn more about the connection between “Women’s Equality Day” and the national Women’s Strike for Equality in our article: The History of Women’s Equality Day

Fab Five Biographies this August

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

Women’s Equality Day on August 26th marks the date that the United States commemorates the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits both federal and state governments from denying U.S. citizens the right to vote on the basis of sex.  However, the fight for women’s equality is far from over, and continues not just in the United States, but around the world. This month, we lift up the stories of women who have promoted women’s equality internationally. Learn more about Nanfu Wang, Asieh Amini, Liya Kebede, Sonita Alizadeh, and Matilda Joslyn Gage in this month’s Fab Five biographies.

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

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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NWHM Statement on the Supreme Court Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade

The passage of Roe v. Wade in 1973 marked one of the most significant moments in women’s history. It created a federal framework in which women had the freedom to take agency over their own choices and bodies.
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Join Us in Santa Fe!

Join NWHM and the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative, in partnership with the New Mexico History Museum and with support from the U.S Mint, for a special in-person panel discussion in Santa Fe, NM celebrating the new Nina Otero-Warren quarter and exploring the impact of her life and work.

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Calling All kids!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with NWHM and author Margarita Engle as she reads her 2021 picture book in English and Spanish.

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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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Disability Justice

Join us on August 28 at 3 p.m. EDT to learn about how the fight for the right to vote didn’t end in 1920 and continues today for women in the disability justice community with special guests Michelle Bishop, Dr. Rabia Belt, and moderator Dr. Cathleen Cahill.

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Upcoming Events

2022-08-28

[email protected]: Disability Justice and the Vote

Join us for a conversation about the fight for the right to vote and disability justice as NWHM marks Women’s Equality Day.
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2022-09-17

Historic Change: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Nina Otero-Warren

Join NWHM and the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative, in partnership with the NM History Museum and with support from the U.S Mint for a special panel discussion in Santa Fe, NM exploring explore the impact of Otero-Warren’s life and work.
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2022-09-18

NWHM Presents! Women's History Book Club: Never Caught

Calling all book lovers! Please join the National Women’s History Museum in the inaugural meeting of the Women’s History Book Club. We will discuss "Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge."
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2022-09-21

Brave Girls Virtual Storytime: The Flying Girl

Join NWHM and author Margarita Engle as she reads her 2021 picture book, THE FLYING GIRL: How Aída de Acosta Learned to Soar, in English and Spanish.
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