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.
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.
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: 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: The Making of Women’s Equality Day
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
Unwritten Record: Women Doing Awesome Things
Unwritten Record: National Women’s Conference of 1977
Unwritten Record: Title IX and Women’s Soccer in NARA’s Film Holdings
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.
"Feminism" and Women of Color, National Conversation on #RightsAndJustice (Q&A with Soledad O'Brien)
Space for Women (NASA, 1981)
Women in Defense (1941)
Women on the Warpath (1943)
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.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Library
Dwight D. Eisenhower Library
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Gerald R. Ford Library
George W. Bush Library