About Us

Educate | Inspire | Empower

It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.

Eleanor Roosevelt


The National Women's History Museum educates, inspires, empowers, and shapes the future by integrating women's distinctive history into the culture and history of the United States.


The National Women’s History Museum’s vision is to build a world-class museum at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The National Women’s History Museum currently raises awareness and honors women’s diverse experiences and achievements through its dynamic online museum, educational programs, scholarship and research. Once housed prominently among the other great museums of Washington, D.C., it will create better understanding and greater partnerships among men and women. The National Women’s History Museum will be the first museum in any nation’s capital to show the full scope of the history of its women and will serve as a guiding light to people everywhere.   

Meet the Board

"Throughout history, women have come together to change our society for the better whether it was gaining reforms in the early 1900's that gave us sewage systems and pasteurization of milk or, more recently, reforms giving women rights to credit and home ownership. The NWHM Board is bound together by the aspiration to honor the women who came before us and to ensure that their many traditional and nontraditional roles are systematically explored and acknowledged and brought into the mainstream culture. The NWHM Board invites you to join in this effort." 

Joan Wages
NWHM President & CEO

Our History

On Mother’s Day weekend two decades ago, a group of women dedicated themselves to moving Adelaide Johnson’s Portrait Monument to Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony out of the U.S. Capitol’s basement, known as the Crypt, to its rightful place in the Capitol Rotunda.