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.
Employee 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.
Archivally Speaking: Personal Recollections of Corinne “Lindy” Boggs
Forward with Roosevelt: A First Lady on the Front Lines
Forward with Roosevelt: Eleanor Roosevelt's Battle to End Lynching
Forward with Roosevelt: Missy LeHand: FDR’s Right Hand Woman
NARAtions: The Making of Women’s Equality Day
Pieces of History: The Hello Girls Finally Get Paid
Pieces of History: Women's History in the Archives
Pieces of History: Minnie Spotted Wolf
Pieces of History: Changing the Boundaries: Women at Work in the Government
Pieces of History: Finding the Girl in the Photograph
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.
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.
"Feminism" and Women of Color, National Conversation on #RightsAndJustice (Q&A with Soledad O'Brien)
Jeannette Rankin's 1917 credentials as a Member of the House of Representatives were displayed at the National Archives in Washington, DC.
The "Records of Rights" exhibit in Washington, DC, and online tells the story of women's rights.
Women played a key role in food conservation during World War I.
After leaving the White House Eleanor Roosevelt became the first woman to represent the United States as a delegate to the United Nations.
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.
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.
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