The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) is pleased to announce the launch of its newest Online Exhibit today entitled “Claiming Their Citizenship: African American Women From 1624-2009.” The exhibit seeks to present African American women collectively and exceptionally throughout American history. Starting with Isabel, the first known African American woman, in 1624 and climaxing with First Lady Michelle Obama in 2008, African American women have contributed to the warp and woof of American history, culture and character. Click here to view the exhibit. Read the rest of this entry »
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On August 20, 1904, sociologist Rose Hum Lee was born. In 1955, Dr. Lee became the first Chinese American woman to chair an American university department. Read more about her in Chinese American Women: A History of Resilience and Resistance.
As you celebrate the Fourth of July this year, take a moment to remember some of the amazing women involved in the Revolution. Did you know that several women served as spies during the war? Anna “Nancy” Smith Strong was a member of the Culper Spy Ring and used laundry on her clothesline to send messages to other spies. Lydia Darragh gathered coded British reports and was able to warn George Washington about a surprise attack. Nancy Morgan Hart actually captured British officers and Torie loyalists and helped defend a fort from attack by the British and Native Americans.
To read more about these and other amazing women, read the American Revolution section of Clandestine Women.
Women Created Memorial Day!
Much of women’s history is missing from our public story. One more example — women were almost entirely responsible for the recognition of Memorial Day. Its origin was the Civil War and until recently, the day focused on the terrible War between the states that, at tremendous human cost, ended slavery. Read the rest of this entry »
Give us some feedback! What subjects would you like to see covered next on NWHM’s CyberMuseum?
Over the years we have received numerous suggestions for future exhibits. We have most recently been working on an exhibit on African American women and another on women in film and are considering women in religion and Spanish women (immigrating into Florida) – all at members’ suggestions. But we want to hear from you before determining what subject to cover next! Read the rest of this entry »