Maggie Lena Walker was one of the most important Black businesswomen in the nation, and today too few people have heard of her.Maggie Lena...
Every election season in the United States revolves around a set of issues—health care, foreign affairs, the economy. In 1868, at the...
Suffering from "shell shock and a general breakdown," Charles Mackall and James Randall arrived in Philadelphia in September 1918 from...

Blog Posts in "Women's History"

In black and white photo, a young girl looks at doll house with guidance of an older woman
Meet the Dolls. This miniature family consists of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Doll, their 10 children, two visiting grandparents, five servants, and...
Editor's Note: This post was originally published on the Smithsonian Collections Blog as part of a 31-day Blogathon in October for...
Mariela Melero and Brent D. Glass stand near artifacts, including a yellow shirt for a doll that Mariela is holding, which were donated to the National Museum of American History by the Melero family
As chronicled in several of our past posts, the National Museum of American History regularly holds naturalization ceremonies in...
Singer/composer Abbey Lincoln drew strength from emancipation–her own and the liberation of others fighting for social justice. When she...
Ah, the joy to be savored in a relaxed, idle summer evening—ice-cold lemonade in hand, the condensation dripping off your glass, fireflies...
An extravagantly appliqued mid-19th century cotton quilt has been placed on exhibit in an artifact wall case on the first floor of the...
Recently at the museum we were privileged to hear from one of this country’s eminent historians, David Hackett Fischer. As he described his...
One of the best ironic gifts I ever received is a paper bag vase. It’s a ceramic vase in the classic, flat-bottomed shape and classic brown...
Black and white photo of a man and woman looking at pages of paper.
Lena Horne was an American treasure, a cultural icon whose career achievements and social legacy challenged and transformed America’s...
Throughout the spring, the blog has offered up a variety of topics related to freedom. We often use the term to indicate political...
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Women in music have always struggled with recognition for their talent but during the mid-1900’s jazz music was a hardly receptive place...
Just imagine: you live in a time before electricity. No sewing machines, no lights, certainly no America’s Funniest Home Videos ...
Pink brochure with butterflies on the cover, pack of pills, and document
Only a few weeks into my internship I’ve already learned that the fastest way to create awkward silence, where even the cricket chokes, is...
Kiyosato. At first, that name meant to me the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan. Its director is Eikoh Hosoe, a renowned...
It’s been five years since I located this striking World War II era portrait of a young Washington, D.C., couple in the Scurlock Studio...
I love clothes. Enough so that souvenir shopping on any vacation is planned around the local thrift stores-the more cavernous and chaotic...
Ora Snyder, chocolatier
I had the chocolate symposium (held a few weeks ago at the museum) and Women’s History Month on my mind when I came across...
Forty-two. That’s the number of babies my mother delivered during her short career as a medical doctor during the 1950s. It was a time when...
Were we to judge by images alone, invention has been a man’s world, and only a man’s world. The title of one of the iconic paintings of...
As we celebrate Women’s History Month this March, let’s not forget to honor the contributions that women have made to improving the...

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