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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

Featured Digital Resource

Here at NWHM, we encourage you to include and amplify women’s stories in your classrooms and beyond all year round. Women’s History Month gives us a chance to reflect on all the work we’ve done to share a more complete history, and plan for more. We’ll be right here next month with more resources to support you in that work!  

This month, NWHM is excited to celebrate the stories of women related to our upcoming exhibition, We Who Believe in Freedom: Black Feminist DC. This in-person exhibition will open at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC on March 30th and will be open through 2024. If you are visiting DC in the next year, we invite you to check it out! We will also launch a special online resource in mid-March that you can use to explore Black feminism in DC with your learners no matter where you are, with new resources added throughout the year. 

Check back here for updates about the exhibition and further learning resources as the month progresses! 

Featured Biographies for March

Learn more about musician, historian, and activist Bernice Johnson Reagon, social worker and women’s rights advocate Ophelia Settle Egypt, and activist and academic Loretta Ross in this month’s featured biographies. 

Reagon, Egypt, and Ross are all featured in the NWHM’s upcoming exhibition in Washington, DC, We Who Believe in Freedom: Black Feminist DC. You can learn more about the exhibition here

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
fist in air

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

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.

Opening March 2023

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.


Make History With Us.

Join us on Friday, March 31, 2023, to celebrate women's contributions—past, present and future—during the Women Making History Awards Gala in Washington, DC.


Upcoming Events


We Who Believe in Freedom: Black Feminist DC Exhibition Opening

Be the first to visit the new exhibition, We Who Believe in Freedom: Black Feminist DC on opening night!

Women Making History Awards 2023

Save the date! Join us in Washington, D.C. as we gather again to celebrate women's contributions—past, present and future—during the Women Making History Awards Gala.

Brave Girls Virtual Story Time: Breonna Marches Through Time

Join Shout Mouse Press author Daveena as she reads her co-authored 2020 picture book Breonna Marches Through Time.

NWHM Presents! Women’s Reflections on the Pandemic

Join us for a reflection on women’s experiences during three years of the Covid-19 pandemic with writer and professor Alexandra Délano and filmmaker Daniela Alatorre as they share their short film and book of poetry.