Understanding women’s history is integral to understanding the American experience. Although often underrepresented in recorded histories, women helped build the United States of America of today and women will help shape the United States of America of the future.

Resource Guides

The Women’s History Resource Guides below cover women’s histories from the early days of the United States to the present, reflecting a wide range of content produced by the National Museum of American History. Presented in a variety of formats, the content referenced in the guides features women of achievement as well as ordinary women and their everyday lives.

The Women’s History Resource Guides were made possible through the support of Bette and Lindsey Hagan and the James Lollar Hagan Internship Program.

Explore women’s diverse histories with resource guides outlining women-centered...

Because of Her StoryLearn about the Smithsonian's American Women's History Inititiave on the Because of Her Story website.

Classroom resource: The Suffragist

This set of three classroom videos examines the actions taken by suffragists in 1917 as they fought to win the right to vote.

Women Inventors

The museum's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation offers a resource hub with oral histories, archival materials, blogs, and public programs about women inventors.

More online resources

For more women’s history resources at the museum, take a look below at these women-focused exhibitions, collections, and blog posts. 

From Our Blog

A group of menstrual products in their original packaging, including tampons, sanitary napkins, a menstrual cup, and a sanitary belt.

Tampons. Sanitary napkins and belts. Menstrual cups, sponges, and other period products. Women and girls around the world depend on these items in order to fully participate in school, work, and play.

Cards with visitor messages, which range from "Like most girls in my generation, I babysat as soon as I turned 10" to "Only babysitting. I hated it."

The Talk Back section of Girlhood provides a forum for visitors to share candid reactions and personal stories. One common theme that emerged was babysitting. Many girls’ first experiences of work involve caring for younger children.

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