Music blasts toward the audience as concertgoers dance to Steve Aoki's pounding bass rhythms and bright LED displays. The DJ throws cakes...
Wartime often catalyzes developments in philanthropy. In 2017, the museum added the Bowl of Rice party banner, from fundraising efforts to...
In April 2006, President George W. Bush proclaimed May to be Jewish American Heritage Month. Jewish American objects in our collections...

Blog Posts in "Women's History"

We doubt leg-of-mutton sleeves will make an appearance on runways during Fashion Week, but there's one thing that never goes out of style:...
Fifty years after the March on Washington, what we remember about the March may not accurately echo what was said and who spoke—and who...
One of the largest artifacts in our display on the 1913 woman suffrage parade is also one of the most delicate. Educator MK Macko explains...
Happy Book Lovers' Day! Where history, collections, and good books meet, you'll find our staff book club. Here's what they'...
Fannie Lou Hamer postage stamp
Confronted with challenging primary source material as part of her research on the civil rights movement, Fellow Regina Sierra Carter was...
Celia Cruz Portrait
Curator Marvette Perez remembers "Queen of Salsa" Celia Cruz on the 10th anniversary of her death. I stood in awe at the sight of such...
Curator Dwight Blocker Bowers remembers Diosa Costello. "I was the original J. Lo.," Costello said at a 2011 Smithsonian donation...
Dwight Blocker Bowers remembers actress Esther Williams, who died yesterday. She was much more than a would-be Olympic swimmer. Esther...
Valeska Hilbig in our Office of Public Affairs found it hard to put down this new book by two museum curators on women in the military....
Postcard showing illustration of American flag, wreath of roses, and Civil War symbols
We know you're curious. A Civil War military history researcher explains where Memorial Day celebrations came from.Decoration Day...
A woman checks actors' makeup on a movie set
When filmmaker María Agui Carter first came across the 1876 memoir of a Latina woman who fought in the Civil War, she recognized "a voice...
Curator Eric Jentsch shares artifacts related to American Pulitzer Prize Winner (1923) and Frost Medal Recipient, Edna St. Vincent Millay (...
Kermit the frog
Jane Henson died on April 2, 2013, after a long illness. In today's post, we remember her accomplishments and contributions to this museum...
Before World War II, more than 200 American women received PhD's in mathematics. Museum staff and volunteers tracked many of them down, and...
Thirteen women and three children pose in floor-length dresses outside a building with fountain
Can you celebrate Black History by competing for a pageant crown? This is the second in Kimberly Brown's series on Negro History Week.When...
Costume mistress Heather Hook fixes a dress during "REBEL" exterior 19th century street scene in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana.
When filmmaker María Agui Carter first came across the 1876 memoir of a Latina who fought in the Civil War, she recognized "a voice that...
The signature image for "REBEL" is a composite of two portraits of Loreta Velazquez passing as Lieutenant Harry T. Buford, soldier and spy of the American Civil War, played by actress Romi Dias.
When filmmaker María Agui Carter first came across the 1876 memoir of a Latina woman who fought in the Civil War, she recognized "a voice...
Ever talk to a kid in your life about women's history? Educator Jenny Wei shares a few hand-picked resources for getting the...
The 1913 woman suffrage parade brought women from around the country to Washington, D.C., in a show of determination to obtain the ballot...
3 mannequins with "new woman" clothing
On the day before Woodrow Wilson's inauguration in 1913, 5,000 women marched up Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., demanding the vote...
Five thousand women marched up Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, on March 3, 1913, demanding the right to vote. Elspeth Kursh of the...
Happy couple posing beneath cherry blossom trees
During the opening months of World War II, almost 120,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of them citizens of the United States, were forced...
Copper bowl
The first episode of The French Chef aired on WGBH on February 11, 1963, starring Julia Child. To celebrate the show's 50th anniversary,...
Two campers embrace in front of a tent
In the summer of 2012, the museum celebrated the centennial of Girl Scouts of the USA with programming, blog posts, and...
Susan Hilferty's costumes for the musical WICKED are part of a carefully crafted world, one that she envisioned "had...
costume for Elphaba from the musical Wicked
Caves, oil spills, and museums might not sound like the most likely sources of inspiration when it's your job to design costumes for a...
Chris Kimball of the cooking show "America's Test Kitchen" shares memories of cooking in Julia Child's kitchen with museum curators.Peering...
When it comes to inventive uses of color, there is hardly a more inspiring example than the contributions of the late husband-and-wife...
Portrait of Rachel Carson
Growing up in Detroit in the 1950s and 1960s I can recall the many lovely tall elm trees shading the streets and sheltering the numerous...
Editor's Note: The Museum recently marked Julia Child’s Centennial with a special display of her kitchen. This limited engagement (...
A woman in a short blond curly wig with a white top with a large feather neckling. She holds a cigarette holder in her hand.
Editor’s Note: Yesterday we learned that trailblazing comedian Phyllis Diller passed away at age 95. Diller was known for breaking the...
There is a slim blue book on display on the museum’s first floor. In the chapter entitled “Patriotism,” you can read rules for displaying...
Editor’s Note: Today’s guest blog is written by Philadelphia Cousins, who is Julia Child’s niece. On August 15th, the National Museum of...
White jersey with red nine on the back. Text: "HAMM."
[This is the second part of a conversation Curator Eric Jentsch had with himself about the Olympic artifacts in our collection.]Female...
Besides our deep love of non-prime-time sports (like equestrian eventing and canoe slalom), we love the Olympics for the human interest...
Girl Scouts has been an experience passed from one generation to another for a century. In this, the final part of our series of blogs...
The Textile Collection at the National Museum of American History contains an embroidered picture of Charity based on a mezzotint engraving...
This month, Girl Scouts of America celebrated its 100th anniversary. In the fourth part of our Girl Scout stories series, a Smithsonian...
The weekend of June 9th saw thousands of Girl Scouts flock to Washington, D.C. and the National Mall for the “Rock the Mall” event, a...
Ella in white suit and hat with baseball player
After her death in 1996, curators from this museum worked with caretakers of the Ella Fitzgerald Estate, Richard Rosman and Fran Morris...
At the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History they’re the girls in the band, instrumentalists in the 18-piece...
On June 9, a quarter million people came together on the National Mall in Washington to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts of...
Our exhibit exploring one hundred years of Girl Scouts opened on the first of June. Girl Scouts has grown from a handful of girls in...
Girl Scouts of the USA was born one hundred years ago when its founder, Juliette Gordon Low, brought eighteen girls together in Savannah,...
Women’s Health Week just concluded. I’ve been thinking about this and how influenced we are by current events. This is particularly true...
The National Museum of American History and photographer Robert Weingarten are working in collaboration to build a historic portrait with...
Photograph of Alice Paul, seated
The National Museum of American History and photographer Robert Weingarten are working in collaboration to build a historic portrait with...
How do you want to be remembered after you’re gone? People often wonder what kind of legacy they will leave behind. Wanda Shalett found an...

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