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Founded in 1996, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) is an innovative 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. NWHM fills in major omissions of women in history books and K-12 education, providing scholarly content and educational programming for teachers, students, and parents. We reach more than five million visitors each year through our online content and education programming and, in March 2023, mounted our first physical exhibit at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in downtown Washington, DC, "We Who Believe in Freedom: Black Feminist DC."

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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In this virtual workshop, educators will learn strategies for reading primary sources to help students understand those silences and make inquiries and analysis based on them. Using Library of Congress primary sources and Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) strategies, this 1-hour virtual workshop will use example primary sources to model classroom activities. This workshop will be co-facilitated by NWHM museum educators and Dr. Katherine Perrotta, Assistant Professor of Middle Grades and Secondary Education at Mercer University Tift College of Education. 


Learn more and register here.

Featured Biographies for April

As a congresswoman, Patsy Takemoto Mink fought for gender and racial equality, affordable childcare, bilingual education, andTitle IX. She was one of the authors and sponsors of the Title IX law that states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” After her death, the Title IX law was renamed the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act.  

Learn more about women in politics featured on US Quarters as part of the American Women Quarters Program™ in this month’s featured biographies. 


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

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. 

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National Women's History Museum Joins Women’s Suffrage National Monument Foundation’s Historic Partnership Coalition

NWHM among 35 National Partners representing over 3 million women
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NWHM and Collaborative Partner Tessellate Win Three 2024 MUSE Creative Awards for "Black Feminist DC"

The exhibit was recognized with three silver awards for Exhibition Experience, Community, and Diversity and Inclusion.
Close-up image of Muse Award statue - woman wearing blue and gold dress with right hand on her face and left hand on her neck, set against a light gold background.

NWHM and Collaborative Partner Blue Telescope Named 2023 Gold Winner Recipient of the Muse Award for Experiential & Immersive Exhibition Experience for "Black Feminist DC"

The award, which recognizes technological innovation, follows in the Museum’s tradition of utilizing cutting-edge technology and creating digital experiences in the service of women’s history learning.

Screening and Community Conversation

Join us on May 9 at the MLK Library in Washington, DC for a special screening of the award-winning film, Storming Caesars Palace, followed by a discussion with filmmaker Hazel Gurland-Pooler; Ruby Duncan’s daughter, Sondra Phillips-Gilbert; and more.


Now Open at the MLK Library in Washington, DC!

NWHM's award-winning 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.


A History of Women's Access to Higher Education in the U.S.

Learn more about Title IX and the champions behind this seminal legislation that significantly expanded access to higher education.


Upcoming Events


Walking Tour: Black Feminist DC

Explore the rich history of Black feminism in Washington, DC and discover historical sites and markers honoring Black women's contributions.

Storming Caesars Palace Screening and Community Conversation

Attend a special screening and discussion on the film Storming Caesars Palace at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Virtual Workshop for Educators, Women’s History Documented: Building Curriculum using Primary Sources

Learn about developing women’s history curriculum for K-12 students in a variety of subject matters using strategies such as Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) and historical empathy.