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Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All by Martha S. Jones (Basic Books, 2020)

Dr. Jones’s eagerly anticipated new book, Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All, is here! Flattening the popular account that portrays the woman suffrage movement as beginning in Seneca Falls in 1848 and ending with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, Jones calls into question that monolithic recounting, brings to light the contributions of Black women, and articulates the necessity for Black women to forge a movement of their own in a historical narrative rooted long before Seneca Falls to secure equal and equitable voting rights that continues on to the present day.
- Lori Ann Terjesen, NWHM Director of Education

Support Women's History

It’s Time to Complete the Story. 

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

Articles & Features

In American history, the Nineteenth Amendment represents the end of a long-fought eighty-year campaign for women’s voting rights.  The popular narrative of this watershed is that women were not politically active prior to 1920.  This version of history often ignores the reality that American women have aligned and acted according to political ideology since the days of the American Revolution. 

Fab Five Biographies

Our September Fab Five celebrates Five Barrier-Breaking Women!

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 Black people (and other people of color) experience in our country.

Being an ally in the struggle for African-American justice and equality 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

Women's Army Corps

NWHM Launches New Virtual Exhibit, "The Women's Army Corps: Female Soldiers in World War II"

As we mark the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, NWHM is pleased to launch our newest virtual exhibit. Not only did the Women’s Army Corps assist in securing an Allied victory during WWII, they paved the way for women in the army today.
Women Vote, Women Win

The National Women's History Museum Launches Women Vote, Women Win Initiative

On the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the National Women’s History Museum will launch Women Vote, Women Win, a new non-partisan initiative designed to honor the legacy of all of the women who fought for the right to vote.

Upcoming Events


NWHM Presents! [email protected]: Colorado Women in World War II

Join the National Women’s History Museum for a Zoom presentation as author Gail M. Beaton sheds light on women’s participation in the war.

NWHM Presents! [email protected]: Women's Activist and Protest Art in the Age of Black Lives Matter

Join the NWHM for a free panel discussion with contemporary female artists whose work centers around womanism, activism and protest.


Virtual Event: The Influence of Immigration and Citizenship Rights on the Woman Suffrage Movement