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Women’s History Resources at the National Museum of American History

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.

Resource Guides

The Women’s History Resource Guides below cover women’s histories from the early days of the United States to the present, reflecting a wide range of content produced by the National Museum of American History. Presented in a variety of formats, the content referenced in the guides features women of achievement as well as ordinary women and their everyday lives.

The Women’s History Resource Guides were made possible through the support of Bette and Lindsey Hagan and the James Lollar Hagan Internship program.

Explore women’s diverse histories with resource guides outlining women-centered...

Because of Her StoryLearn about the Smithsonian's American Women's History Inititiave on the Because of Her Story website.

Classroom resource: The Suffragist

This set of three classroom videos examines the actions taken by suffragists in 1917 as they fought to win the right to vote. Learn more.

More online resources

For more women’s history resources at the museum, take a look below at these women-focused exhibitions, collections, and blog posts. 

From Our Blog

Mary Walker
Mary Edwards Walker defied convention in just about everything she did. Walker was uncompromising in her beliefs about herself and the world she lived in. In an 1897 interview, Walker declared herself “the original new woman."
On March 4, 1969, scientists voluntarily stopped their research to examine the involvement of science in the Vietnam War effort. Dr. Haseltine was one of them.
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