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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

Explore More!

Sign up for a free guided tour of our new exhibition, We Who Believe in Freedom: Black Feminist DC! During your tour, a guide will take you on a brief tour of the exhibition and be available to answer additional questions as you explore further. Tours are recommended for visitors 12 and up.

Featured Biographies for June

Did you know? 

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and civil rights lawyer and Black feminist Pauli Murray developed a friendship that lasted over two decades. Both Roosevelt and Murray will appear on special commemorative quarters as part of the American Women Quarters Program. 

You can learn more about First Lady and humanitarian Eleanor Roosevelt, civil rights lawyer and priest Pauli Murray, and their contemporary Mary McLeod Bethune in this month’s featured biographies

Use the NWHM’s compendium of online biographies to spark curiosity and dig deeper into women’s impact in our shared 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

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

Mother's Day March through Shaw, Washington DC, with members of the National Welfare Rights Organization pictured in W frame.

New Exhibit Spotlights the Impact of Black Feminists in Washington

From The Washington Post: "A new exhibit in the District is elevating Baker and her Black feminist counterparts to their rightful place in our collective psyches. It traces their journeys through the seat of American power: the city of Washington.
W Logo Card

For Educators, By Educators 2023 is Now Open!

Calling all K-12 Educators! We're now accepting proposals for our "For Educators, By Educators" initiative!
Text says "Women Making History Awards" inside NWHM "W" frame.

Women Making History Awards Returns to DC

Join us in Washington, DC on March 31, 2023 for our Women Making History Awards Gala.
In "M" frame, image of portrait of Vice President Kamala Harris made from shattered glass.

National Women’s History Museum Announces Exciting Partnership with Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Partnership launches with Glass Ceiling Breaker sculpture, an homage to Vice President Harris and all women who shatter glass ceilings, previously on view at the Lincoln Memorial.

Now Open!

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.


Calling All Kids!

Join NWHM and author Selina Alko on June 7 at 12 p.m. ET as she reads her 2015 picture book, The Case for Loving. Selina will then answer young readers’ questions!


Upcoming Events


Brave Girls Virtual Storytime: The Case for Loving

Calling all young readers and their grownups! Join author Selina Alko as she reads her 2015 picture book, The Case for Loving. Selina will then answer young readers’ questions!

Eleanor Roosevelt Quarter Celebration

Join the National Women's History Museum, the United States Mint, and the National Park Service for a special event celebrating the life and legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt and the new Eleanor Roosevelt Quarter.

NWHM Presents! The Continued Legacy of Title IX

Join us for a conversation on the ongoing importance of Title IX with historian Eileen Tamura and journalist Sherry Boschert.

Women’s History Book Club: The Secret History of Home Economics

Calling all book lovers! Join us for the summer meeting of our Women’s History Book Club. We will discuss "The Secret History of Home Economics: How Trailblazing Women Harnessed the Power of Home and Changed the Way We Live" by Danielle Dreilinger.