National Archives News

Women’s History Month

Suffragette Parade in New York City, ca. 1912 Suffrage parade in New York City, ca. 1912. 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. During the commemoration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, members of the National Archives Women's Affinity Group updated NARA’s research pages and enlarged the focus on women's rights. Explore the records featured on our Women's Rights page, and view selected images from the National Archives Catalog


Rightfully Hers exhibit logoThe exhibit Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote, created for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, looked beyond suffrage parades and protests to the often overlooked story behind ratification.



Minnie Spotted Wolf

Hello Girls in France

Edith Lee Payne

AOTUS: Remembering Cokie

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

Hoover Heads: Who is Anne Martin?

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

JFK Library—Archivally Speaking: Personal Recollections of Corinne “Lindy” Boggs

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

NARAtions: Become a Wiki Scholar! Work With Records From the National Archives to Expand Coverage of Women’s Suffrage in the United States in Wikipedia

NARAtions: The Making of Women’s Equality Day

Pieces of History: Social Media Series Highlights Women’s Achievements at National Archives

Pieces of History: Hispanic Heritage Month: Sonia Sotomayor

Pieces of History: 19th Amendment at 100: Women Are First to Protest White House

Pieces of History: 19th Amendment at 100: Mary Church Terrell

Pieces of History: Marjorie S. Joyner: More than an Inventor

Pieces of History: Suffrage and Suffering at the 1913 March

Pieces of History: Ida Wilson Lewis, lighthouse keeper and fearless Federal worker

Pieces of History: Sara Dunlap Jackson: Archivist Extraordinaire

Pieces of History: A Matter of Simple Justice

Pieces of History: The Maker of Pilots: Aviator and Civil Rights Activist Willa Beatrice Brown

Pieces of History: The Movement as a Mosaic: Alice Paul and Woman Suffrage

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: Susan B. Anthony: Women’s Right to Vote

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

Reagan Library Education Blog: "Remembering the Ladies" Blog Series

Text Message: Meet Sgt. Eva Mirabal/Eah Ha Wa (Taos Pueblo); Women’s Army Corps Artist

Text Message: An Indigenous Woman’s Legal Fight After Forced Sterilization

Text Message: The First Woman to Fly in an Aeroplane in the United States, October 27, 1909

Text Message: Navy Nurse Sara M. Cox

Text Message: Women in Uniform: Red Cross Service of Mona Ryan Inman in World War I

Text Message: The Closed Door of Justice: African American Nurses and the Fight for Naval Service

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

Text Message: The First Woman to Fly in an Aeroplane in the United States, October 27, 1909

Unwritten Record: Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Title IX with Archival Footage of Sporting Legends

Unwritten Record: International Worker’s Day and the Female Workforce

Unwritten Record: Queens of the Air: American Women Aviation Pioneers

Unwritten Record: No Mail, Low Morale: The 6888th Central Postal Battalion

Unwritten Record: The Sky No Longer Has Limits: Female Fighter Pilots and the Combat Exclusion Policy

Unwritten Record: Title IX and Women’s Soccer in NARA’s Film Holdings

Unwritten Record: A Mother, a Baby, a Name: Identifying One of the Youngest Survivors of the Holocaust

Unwritten Record: Women Doing Awesome Things

Unwritten Record: Hidden Women: The Art of WWI Camouflage, part 1 and part 2

Unwritten Record: National Women’s Conference of 1977

Unwritten Record: Their War Too: U.S. Women in the Military During WWII, part 1 and part 2

Women's History Month Spotlight: National Archives Employee Adrienne Thomas

This short looks the career of former Acting Archivist Adrienne Thomas and focuses on the building of the National Archives at College Park, which began construction in 1989.

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