The American Museum of Women's History Congressional Commission

The American Museum of Women's History Congressional Commission This Commission is tasked with submitting a bi-partisan report to Congress regarding the potential for an American Museum of Women's History in D.C.
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The Congressional Commission to Study the Potential for an American Museum of Women’s History will present a report to Congress in November 2016 addressing the threshold question of whether or not a museum dedicated to women’s history in America is needed, and if so, what might be the content, where might the museum be located and how might the museum be financed, amongst other important questions. The goal of the Commission is to answer these questions in the most inclusive, feasible, and thorough way possible. The Commission will solicit ideas and input from women of all ages and walks of life, in addition to leading authorities and experts on women’s history, professionals from the museum and curatorial fields, prominent American women, and influential women’s organizations from across the country.

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04/04/2019
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The stories we tell will deepen our understanding of women’s contributions to America and the world, showing how far women have advanced and how we as a country value equality and the contributions of all our citizens.

Last week, the House of Representatives and the Senate closed out women's history month with two bipartisan bills to cre...
04/02/2019
"Will the United States Finally Get a National Women’s History Museum? Congress Just Introduced Two Bipartisan Bills to Build One" - American Museum of Women's History Congressional Commission

Last week, the House of Representatives and the Senate closed out women's history month with two bipartisan bills to create a new Smithsonian museum dedicated to women's history!

Susan Collins and Diane Feinstein have teamed up on the Senate bill, while Carolyn Maloney has introduced companion legislation in the House. For the full story click here to visit artnet News! Related

Opening today at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution!
03/29/2019
Votes for Women: Portraits of Persistence

Opening today at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution!

To usher in the centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States, the National Portrait Gallery is opening a major exhibition highlighting the women who changed history by advocating for the right to vote.

Some trivia from Smithsonian's American Women's History Initiative #BecauseOfHerStory
03/21/2019
Votes for Women: Suffrage Trivia

Some trivia from Smithsonian's American Women's History Initiative #BecauseOfHerStory

Test your knowledge this Women's History Month with the Smithsonian!

Wondering what you can do to celebrate Women's History Month? The Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative has so...
03/12/2019
Write Her Name in History

Wondering what you can do to celebrate Women's History Month? The Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative has some ideas.

We're working on the nation’s most comprehensive endeavor to document, research, collect, display and share the complex and compelling story of women in America—and our success depends on you.Working together we can “Write Her Name in History.”

Hartig Leads American History Museum
03/03/2019
Hartig Leads American History Museum

Hartig Leads American History Museum

The National Museum of American History welcomes Anthea Hartig as its new Elizabeth MacMillan Director. Hartig formerly served as the Executive Director and CEO of the California Historical Society.

03/03/2019
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

This Women’s History Month, #HiddenHerstory celebrates the efforts of African American women to empower themselves, and their communities. We are excited to commemorate the trailblazing women who fought for women’s suffrage, civil rights, and full equality for all.

March is Women's History Month, follow #BecauseOfHerStory and the Smithsonian's Women's History Initiative!
03/01/2019
Smithsonian

March is Women's History Month, follow #BecauseOfHerStory and the Smithsonian's Women's History Initiative!

Her story changed history. Our Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative will tell a more complete American story and empower future generations.

This Women's History Month, we'll share stories of the women who changed our nation.

We invite you to join us to explore and amplify women's voices with #BecauseOfHerStory.

As 2018 comes to a close, check out some the exhibitions from the Smithsonian's Women's History Initiative!
01/14/2019
2018: Smithsonian’s Year of the Woman

As 2018 comes to a close, check out some the exhibitions from the Smithsonian's Women's History Initiative!

Many have dubbed 2018 the “Year of the Woman” thanks to a record number of women running for (and winning!) political office.

Smithsonian Magazine
10/03/2018
Smithsonian Magazine

Smithsonian Magazine

With the award, Donna Strickland becomes the third woman in history to join the ranks of the now 210 Physics laureates.

Smithsonian Magazine
09/27/2018
Smithsonian Magazine

Smithsonian Magazine

Vinnie Ream was not even 20 when she was commissioned by the U.S. government to create the statue of Lincoln that still stands in the Capitol today.

A code breaker during World War II, Elizebeth Smith Friedman is one of many #womenwhoinspire
09/20/2018
Women Who Inspire - American Museum of Women's History Congressional Commission

A code breaker during World War II, Elizebeth Smith Friedman is one of many #womenwhoinspire

Elizebeth Smith Friedman – September 19, 2018 Elizebeth Smith Friedman was a trailblazing American crypt-analyst. Hired by the U.S. Navy in 1923, she had a long career in code breaking. First she helped break codes to ensure the enforcement of the Volstead Act, then during World War II she and her...

Smithsonian Magazine
09/19/2018
Smithsonian Magazine

Smithsonian Magazine

Freddie Oversteegen wasn’t as well known as the two other female fighters who collaborated with her in the resistance, but in the last years of her life, she was honored for her remarkable wartime courage.

09/14/2018

Big news about the Commisson's recommendation!

Smithsonian Magazine
05/16/2018
Smithsonian Magazine

Smithsonian Magazine

Maria Agnesi, born three hundred years ago today, was an Italian math prodigy who shined despite living in the shadows of others' expectations.

Google
04/26/2018
Google

Google

Fanny Blankers-Koen’s 100th birthday #GoogleDoodle

Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office
04/23/2018
Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office

Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office

The Civil War presented an opportunity for women to find jobs in the Federal workforce in Washington. The Treasury Girls became the poster-child for the moment.

Barbara Bush, GOP matriarch and former first lady, dies at 92
04/18/2018
Barbara Bush, GOP matriarch and former first lady, dies at 92

Barbara Bush, GOP matriarch and former first lady, dies at 92

Barbara Bush, the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty and a first lady who elevated the cause of literacy, died Tuesday, according to a statement from her husband's office. She was 92.

The Library of Congress
03/30/2018

The Library of Congress

NEW ONLINE: Archival Materials of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton Now Online

This Women History Month, you can explore collection items that include correspondence, speeches, scrapbooks on Women’s Suffrage, Women’s Rights Movement, abolition of slavery and materials from the Seneca Falls Convention

More information: https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-18-035/?loclr=fbloc

Smithsonian Magazine
03/19/2018
Smithsonian Magazine

Smithsonian Magazine

A black-and-white photograph, illustrator Candace Jean Andersen's viral Twitter thread, and some expert sleuthing from Smithsonian Institution Archives helped bring to light the inspiring story of Sheila Minor.

03/14/2018
Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office

Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office

We are marking Women's History Month with a live interview with author Paula Whitacre at the Missing Soldiers Office. We are discussing her book, "A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur's Struggle for Purpose."

National Museum of American History
03/13/2018
National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History

Discover "society's best-kept secret."
Dress designer Ann Lowe created gowns for some of America's most well-known families: the Roosevelts, the Rockefellers, the Kennedys. However, her life wasn't quite so glamorous.

Smithsonian Magazine
03/12/2018
Smithsonian Magazine

Smithsonian Magazine

Although she’s often overshadowed by her husband, Frederick Douglass, Anna Murray Douglass made his work possible

Smithsonian Magazine
03/07/2018
Smithsonian Magazine

Smithsonian Magazine

Frances Oldham Kelsey, a pharmacologist with the Food & Drug Administration, helped prevent an epidemic of birth defects in the United States. #WomensHistoryMonth

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