About Us

Educate | Inspire | Empower

…Each one of us can make a difference, and together, we make change.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski


Our mission is to tell the stories of women who transformed our nation. We will do that through a growing state-of-the-art online presence and a future physical museum to educate, inspire, empower, shape the future, and provide a complete view of American history.


We envision a world where women's history inspires all people to have equal respect for everyone's experiences and accomplishments and to see there are no obstacles to achieving their dreams.

Meet the Director

Learn about Holly Hotchner, our President & CEO, and her vision "to create a forward-thinking museum: for it to be a vibrant center that creates a community where people contribute and discover stories."

Meet the Board

"The National Women’s History Museum’s board embodies this sentiment. Our directors provide leadership for delivering on our mission to acknowledge women’s roles in our history—in the workplace, community, and home—and ensure that we tell those stories. We are pleased to have such diverse and accomplished members who bring their valuable expertise from the worlds of government relations, communications and marketing, community engagement, nonprofit strategy, business, and scholarship and academia, and a firm commitment to ensuring we give Americans a complete view of our nation’s history." 

Susan D. Whiting
Chair, NWHM Board of Directors

Our History

On Mother’s Day weekend two decades ago, a group of women dedicated themselves to moving Adelaide Johnson’s Portrait Monument to Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony out of the U.S. Capitol’s basement, known as the Crypt, to its rightful place in the Capitol Rotunda.