Women's History Month 2024

Over the month of March 2024, the museum will present a variety of programs and resources in honor of Women’s History Month, in addition to a special menu in our cafe honoring Chef Julia Child.

Latinas Talk Latinas

Online Educational Video Series

Season 2 launches March 22

Veronica Mendez Talks with Veronica Davila About Escaramuzas: A Unique Mexican and Mexican American All Girls Horsemanship Sport

Latinas Talk Latinas will launch its second season March 22, introducing viewers to the lives of six Latinas as told by curators, scientists, and educators across the Smithsonian. The new season will explore stories of Latin music and folklore as well as journalism, labor, and social justice organizing. A joint production of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the National Museum of the American Latino, the series will feature six episodes and will be available on the two museums’ respective websites. The Latinas Talk Latinas videos are accompanied by digital educational resources that enhance learning about the featured women. Among the women are Graciela, an Afro-Cubana who helped popularize Latin music in 1950s New York, Texas journalist and educator Jovita Idar, who worked for Mexican American civil rights and the story of Sylvia Mendez, whose parents sought equal access to public schools prior to “Brown v. Board.” 

Watch "Latinas Talk Latinas"

¡De última hora! Latinas Report Breaking News


Exhibition, 2 West

¡De última hora! Latinas Report Breaking News is a bilingual exhibition showcasing the work of Latina broadcast journalists and how they wrote the first draft of history for major U.S. events for the Spanish-language communities they report on and for. Working in the fast-paced, ever-changing environment of broadcast news, these journalists became powerful advocates for Spanish-speaking communities. ¡De última hora! uses the collective experience of Ilia Calderón, Dunia Elvir, Marilys Llanos, Gilda Mirós, Lori Montenegro, María Elena Salinas and Blanca Rosa Vílchez, to illustrate how Latina journalists have navigated their field and shaped the narrative for major historical events.  

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Women’s History Topic Page

Understanding women’s history is integral to understanding the American experience. Although often underrepresented in recorded histories, women helped build the United States of America of today and women will help shape the United States of America of the future. The Women’s History topic page aggregates the myriad of women’s history content and resources available on the museum’s website. 

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Women's History Month Menu

Celebrate Women’s History Month in the museum's cafe (Lower Level) during the month of March, with a special menu honoring chef Julia Child. Before or after your delicious lunch, be sure to visit Julia's kitchen in our exhibition FOOD: Transforming the American Table.

Cookbook, The French Chef by Julia Child
Cookbook by Julia Child, from her kitchen collection

Boeuf Bourguignon
French Braised Beef Chuck, Bacon, Pearl Onions, Carrots, Thyme, White Mushrooms, and Burgundy Wine

Chicken Waterzooi
Braised Chicken in French Vermouth, Carrots, Onions, Celery, Leeks, and Cream Sauce

Quiche Lorraine
Fresh Whipped Eggs, Heavy Cream, Smoked Bacon, and Gruyere Cheese

Tomatoes A La Provençale
Fresh Ripe Tomatoes, Breadcrumbs, Shallots, Garlic, Basil, and Parsley

Clafoutis Aux Cerise’s
French Custard Cake and Sweet Cherries

French Potato Salad
Red Potatoes, Capers, White Wine Vinegar, and Parsley

Salade Niçoise
Boston Lettuce, Niçoise Olives, Hard Boiled Eggs, Fresh Green Beans, Anchovies, and White Wine Vinaigrette

French Lentil Salad
Green Lentil, Red Onions, Shaved Carrots, Shaved Celery, Toasted Almonds, Basil, Tarragon, Parsley, Radicchio, Olive Oil, Lemon Juice