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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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Join us virtually or in person to explore women's history!

Virtually explore the stories of women throughout U.S. history that have fought for their rights and changed their communities. Or students can explore the themes of We Who Believe in Freedom: Black Feminist DC in person during a free, in-person, guided tour with a docent at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library!

Learn how to register for in person and/or virtual field trips here.

Featured Biographies for December

After Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941, and the United States entered World War II, Americans were encouraged to help with the war effort in a number of ways, including: volunteering, joining the military, and selling war bonds. Marlene Dietrich, film and music star, toured the country to help sell war bonds. Some historians have estimated that the US government was able to raise over a million dollars from the purchase of war bonds due to Dietrich’s efforts.  

Learn more about Marlene Dietrich’s contributions to the World War II war effort and other women’s experiences during World War II 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. 

Museum News

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Statement from Frédérique Irwin, President and CEO of the National Women’s History Museum, on the American Women Quarters Program and the 2025 Honorees

"As in previous years, the fourth and final year of this powerful program features five remarkable, barrier-breaking women whose vast contributions to our country have made a more equitable, inclusive, and just society."
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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.
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.
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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.

NWHM Presents!

Join us on December 7 at from 3-4 p.m. ET for a virtual tour of department stores and their historical significance. This guided experience, led by A Tour of Her Own, will virtually explore DC streets strewn with the ghosts and skeletons of these iconic buildings and discuss the way a simple trip to the store was in fact so much more.


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.


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