National Archives News

Women’s History

Women Marching in Suffragette Parade, Washington, DC Women march in a suffrage parade, Washington, DC. View in National Archives Catalog

The National Archives celebrates Women’s History Month, recognizing the great contributions that women have made to our nation. Learn about the history of women in the United States by exploring their stories through letters, photographs, film, and other primary sources.

Women's Affinity Group logoEmployee Affinity Groups (EAGs) at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) serve as a forum for education, communication, and professional development. Through NARA's collaboration with the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative (WVCI) to observe the 19th Amendment Centennial Celebration, members of WAG will be providing updates to NARA’s research pages, which will be featured on the WVCI website.

Explore selected images from the National Archives Catalog related to Women's History.

Exhibit Opening in 2019

“Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote” commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment by looking beyond suffrage parades and protests to the often overlooked story behind this landmark moment in American history. This fuller retelling of the struggle for women’s voting rights illustrates the dynamic involvement of American women across the spectrum of race, ethnicity and class to reveal what it really takes to win the vote for one-half of the people.


10th Annual McGowan Forum on Women in Leadership: Political Campaigns

Political communicators and strategists discuss their experiences working on political campaigns on both local and national levels, the changes in opportunities and obstacles, and advice for young women looking to become more involved in politics.

America's First Ladies: In Service to Our Nation

First Ladies have long the power to shape societal attitudes and used their platform to advocate for important issues. This conference focuses on the First Lady as spouse of the Commander in Chief and the actions they have taken, throughout times of war and peace, to support Americans in combat, military families, and the country's veterans.

The Equal Rights Amendment: Yesterday and Today 

Written in 1921 by suffragist Alice Paul, the Equal Rights Amendment was introduced into every session of Congress between 1923 and 1972. A  panel explores the proposed amendment and its implications in today's world. 

The Declaration of Independence: A Conversation with a Conservator

When Chief of Conservation Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler retired in July 2016, the last hands to have touched the Declaration of Independence left the National Archives.

Harriet Tubman: A Woman of Courage and Vision

In celebration of the March 2017 grand opening of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor’s Center, we join the National Park Service in presenting a panel discussion examining the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman and the ongoing preservation of her Maryland

Joelle Gamble Closing Remarks | National Conversations on #RightsAndJustice

Joelle Gamble, Director of National Network of Emerging Thinkers, Roosevelt Institute, shares her experience as an emerging generation. 

Additional Videos

Women Vietnam Veterans: Our Untold Stories

Women and the Supreme Court—A panel explores legacy of the four women who have served, and the 726 women who have argued, before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Women’s History Month Program: The Glass Ceiling, Broken or Cracked?

"Feminism" and Women of Color, National Conversation on #RightsAndJustice (Q&A with Soledad O'Brien)

Jeannette Rankin's credentials

100th Anniversary of Jeannette Rankin as First Congresswoman

Jeannette Rankin's 1917 credentials as a Member of the House of Representatives were displayed at the National Archives in Washington, DC.

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory protest


Records of Rights

The "Records of Rights" exhibit in Washington, DC, and online tells the story of women's rights.

Food Conservation volunteer

The U.S. Food Administration, Women, and the Great War

Women played a key role in food conservation during World War I.

Eleanor Roosevelt at the UN

Eleanor Roosevelt and the United Nations

After leaving the White House Eleanor Roosevelt became the first woman to represent the United States as a delegate to the United Nations.

Amending America exhibit logo

Amending America: Women's Rights

Explore selected stories about civil rights and individual freedoms featured at our National Conversation on #RightsAndJustice: Women's Rights and Gender Equality in New York City.

Barbara Erickson

A People at War: Women Who Served

Although women were not allowed to participate in battle during World War II, they did serve in so-called "noncombat" missions in the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) and Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).. These missions often proved to be extremely dangerous.

Selected Images