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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

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This fall, NWHM and DC Public Library are launching Black Feminist Book Club! Black Feminist Book Club is a traveling book club that brings together community members to read, discuss, and take action inspired by Black feminist texts. Book clubs will be hosted at different locations around DC, from branches of the DC Public Library to other community spaces. Participants will be able to explore the selected text together, take field trips to special exhibitions and community spaces, meet local organizations that continue the work of historical Black feminists, and more. 


Check upcoming sessions and register here

Featured Biographies for September

Felisa Rincón de Gautier, affectionately known to the public as Doña Fela, became the first female mayor of a capital city in the Americas when she was appointed mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1946.   

You can learn more about Latinas of Puerto Rican descent in all levels of government in this month’s featured biographies in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.   


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. 

Museum News

Profile close-up of Jovita Idar in black and white. Idar is wearing a turtleneck shirt and her hair is pinned up. Image sits in "W" frame.

The National Women’s History Museum, U.S. Mint, and the University of Texas at San Antonio to Co-Host Event Celebrating Jovita Idar Quarter Release

Idar’s legacy will be celebrated with a ceremonial quarter release event on Thursday, September 14 at the UTSA Downtown Campus.
A timeline of women's history is burned into wood. Image sits inside a W frame.

NWHM, Women Connect4Good, and Artist Tiffany Shlain Announce Dendrofemonology: The Feminist History Tree Ring Sculpture Installation on the National Mall

DENDROFEMONOLOGY is a reclaimed deodar cedar wood sculpture that offers a timeline of humanity through an intersectional feminist lens, mapped against the concept of trees bearing witness to humanity and history as a new kind of monument.
Illustration of Patsy Mink in front of the U.S. Capitol building.

United States Mint Announces Designs for 2024 American Women Quarters™ Program Coins

See the just-released designs for the 2024 series of coins. The National Women's History Museum is proud to serve as a consultant to the U.S. Mint on this important and inspiring program.
Headshot of Frédérique Irwin on blue background in W frame.

Watch: Frédérique Irwin Joins 7NewsDC for a Conversation About the National Women's History Museum

Watch this inspiring interview with our president and CEO, Frédérique Irwin, who joined WJLA to discuss women's representation, inclusion, and accessibility; our new exhibit at the MLK Library; and what's next for the Museum.

Join Us on a Walking Tour!

Explore the history of Black feminism in Washington, DC on Saturday, September 30 with the National Women’s History Museum and National Coalition Partner A Tour Of Her Own.


A Revolutionary Call to Action for #MeToo and Beyond

Join us for an exploration of The Bonobo Sisterhood, a powerful call to action to create a collective self-defense against patriarchal violence. Hear from author, actress, and humanitarian Ashley Judd; Harvard Law’s legal expert on gender violence and author of The Bonobo Sisterhood Diane Rosenfeld; National Women’s Law Center president and CEO, Fatima Goss Graves; and Amanda Nguyen, founder and CEO of Rise and 2022 TIME Woman of the Year, in an engaging discourse on how “being bonobo” can inspire an unprecedented alliance for gender justice. 

Parable of the Sower

Join NWHM, DC Public Library, and other community partners on October 18 at the MLK Library to discuss Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower, part of Black Feminist Book Club inspired by We Who Believe in Freedom: Black Feminist DC.


Join Us

Mark your calendars for October 12 at 1 p.m. Join us and moderator Wendy Doyle of United WE, children’s author Karen M. Greenwald, Mayor Mattie Parker of Fort Worth, former Mayor Melina Carnicelli of Auburn (NY), and former Mayor Diana Smith of Seneca Falls (NY) for a discussion about their election victories, obstacles in office, and how Mayor Susanna Salter, America’s (and the world’s) first woman elected mayor who served, story reflects their own.


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.


Upcoming Events


Walking Tour: Black Feminist DC (Part 1)

Explore the history of Black feminism in Washington, DC with the National Women’s History Museum and National Coalition Partner A Tour Of Her Own.

NWHM Presents! Lessons in Leadership

Women have made great strides in the world of politics. However, in 2023, there are still many US cities that have never elected a woman to serve as mayor. Join moderator Wendy Doyle of United We, children’s author Karen M. Greenwald, Mayor Mattie Parker

Black Feminist Futures x Black Feminist Book Club

Join fellow Book Club attendees for a special edition of Black Feminist Book Club exploring Black feminist futures through Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower.

Walking Tour: Black Feminist DC (Part 2)

Explore the history of Black feminism in Washington, DC with the National Women’s History Museum and National Coalition Partner A Tour Of Her Own.