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Women’s History

Suffragette Parade in New York City, ca. 1912 Suffrage parade in New York City, ca. 1912. View in National Archives Catalog

Centennial of the 19th Amendment

One hundred years ago, the struggle to win the right to vote for women was reaching its goal. In May 1919, the House of Representatives passed what was to become the 19th Amendment, which was ratified by three-fourths of the states on August 18, 1920. The National Archives will honor the centennial with exhibits, programs, and special events.

Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote, an exhibit in Washington, DC, looks beyond suffrage parades and protests to the often overlooked story behind ratification of the 19th Amendment. May 10, 2019–January 3, 2021

One Half of the People: Advancing Equality for Women is a traveling exhibit that draws on National Archives records to illustrate the involvement of American women to secure their essential citizenship rights.

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.



Minnie Spotted Wolf

Hello Girls in France

Edith Lee Payne

Archivally Speaking: Finding Inspiration in the Archives: Honoring Women at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

Archivally Speaking: Personal Recollections of Corinne “Lindy” Boggs

Archivally Speaking: Restoring the Past in the White House: A Look at the Jacqueline Kennedy White House Restoration Project

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

Hoover Heads: Tempest in a Teapot – Lou Henry Hoover and the DePriest Tea Incident

NARAtions: The Making of Women’s Equality Day

Pieces of History: Putting the “Rat” in Ratification: Tennessee’s Role in the 19th Amendment

Pieces of History: The 19th Amendment on Display at the National Archives

Pieces of History: Jeannette Rankin: The Woman Who Voted to Give Women the Right to Vote

Pieces of History: Women can’t vote, but they can run for Congress

Pieces of History: History Crush: Susan B. Anthony

Pieces of History: Suffrage and Suffering at the 1913 March

Pieces of History: Failure of the Equal Rights Amendment: The Feminist Fight of the 1970s

Pieces of History: Change at Their Fingertips: Women’s Petitions to Congress

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

Pieces of History: Annie Oakley: A Woman to be Reckoned With

Pieces of History: Eugenie Anderson’s Historic Firsts

Pieces of History: Betty Ford Danced to Her Own Beat

Pieces of History: Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Fighter for Social Justice

Pieces of History: Josephine Cobb’s Discovery of a Lifetime

Pieces of History: Amelia Earhart: Showing What Women Can Do

Pieces of History: Dr. Mary E. Walker

Text Message: Lucile Atcherson, First Woman Appointed as a U.S. Diplomatic Officer

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Madam C.J. Walker in the National Archives

Madam C.J. Walker, one of the great American entrepreneurs of the early 20th century, was born to former slaves and grew up in destitution.

Women and the 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)

National Conversations on Rights and Justice Women's Rights and Gender Equality

The Declaration of Independence: A Conversation with a Conservator

Historic Footage

Space for Women (NASA, 1981)

Women in Defense (1941)

Women on the Warpath (1943)

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