Game Changers: Women & Sports

This exhibit explores the cultural, political, and social barriers women have overcome to play competitive sports and the challenges that remain today.

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Early Jewish American Women

Women increasingly took on responsibility for preserving Jewish traditions and educating children in the Jewish faith, all the while creating vibrant Jewish communities throughout the nation. While adapting and even challenging tradition, women played a critical role in sustaining the Jewish identity within the context of American society and culture.

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Chinese American Women: A History of Resilience and Resistance

In 1910 Yoke Leen marched into a county courthouse and demanded that a clerk take a deposition defining her freedom, in case any man try to lay claim to her. This exhibit explores the strength, innovation and resilience of Chinese American women during their first one hundred years in the United States.

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Chinese American Women

Reforming Their World: Women in the Progressive Era

Did you know that there were thousands of women's clubs founded during the Progressive Era? This exhibit studies the women involved in the Progressive Movement (1890s-1920s), including Clubwomen, Hull House, and the Women's Peace Movement.

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Votes for Women

Did you know that women employed humor to help them win the vote, including ads that depicted babies campaigning for their mothers? This exhibit examines the development of a distinct female political culture and imagery that evolved to promote voting rights for women.

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Women in the Olympics

Did you know that in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games there were nearly two female athletes to every three male athletes and forty-four percent of the events were open to women? This exhibit looks at the women involved in the Olympics over the past 100 years.

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Women Wielding Power: Pioneer Female State Legislators

Did you know that the first female state legislator was elected in 1894--26 years before women got the vote? This exhibit explores pioneer female legislators from each state, and the great accomplishments they made while in office.

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Profiles In Motherhood

The exhibit explores the different facets of motherhood and includes reflections from working, stay-at-home, military, surrogate, foster, adoptive, birth, and step-mothers. The exhibit encompasses only a small portion of the endless stories of mothers.

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A History of NWHM's Coalition Organizations

Did you know that NWHM partners with 51 different women's organizations? This exhibit discusses those organizations and their founding and missions.

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From Ideas to Independence: A Century of Entrepreneurial Women

This exhibit celebrates and chronicles the legacies of entrepreneurial women, who forged through challenges and setbacks to create their own paths to economic and professional independence and open their own businesses.

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Women in Early Film

Today's exceptionally talented women in film stand on the shoulders of the pioneers who came before them. Women in Early Film explores some of those trailblazers. As both consumers of film and professionals in the field, both in front of and behind the camera, women dramatically affected the development of American film.

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Rights for Women

Did you know that women were the first protest group in US history to picket the White House? This exhibit explores the Suffrage Movement from the 1830s to the 1920s and delves into the different groups and women that fought for Women's Suffrage.

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Women of Jamestown

Did you know that for over a year after the founding of Jamestown, no English women lived in the colony? This exhibit explores the first women of Jamestown--from wealthy wives of merchants, to indentured servants, and single young women.

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Young and Brave: Girls Changing History

Did you know that as a teen, Eliza Pinckney increased indigo production by 2,500% in just two years? This exhibit focuses on 30 American girls who demonstrated bravery and courage in our nation's history and are ideal role models for today's girls.

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Clandestine Women: Spies in American History

Did you know that TV chef Julia Child was a spy during WWII? This exhibit covers women in the intelligence community from the American Revolution through the Cold War. Notable women such as Harriet Tubman, Virginia Hall, and Ethel Rosenberg are profiled.

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Daring Dames

The rare and inspiring photographs in this exhibition depict women, in many eras, who have demonstrated curiosity about the larger world and remarkable resourcefulness in their ability to navigate in it. These adventurous women have, through their daring, transformed the notion of female identity and the popular perception of acceptable female roles.

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Pathways to Equality: U.S. Women’s Rights Movement Emerges

This exhibit explores American women’s participation in the various reform movements of the 19th century as well as the unique paths they took to become involved in the suffrage movement.

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Partners in Winning the War: Women in WWII

Did you know that Vera Anderson, a welder in Mississippi, was named one of The American Magazine’s “Interesting People” in 1994? This exhibition is comprised of five sections: Changing Images of Women's Roles, Women in the Military, Women Serving in the Military, Women in Production, and Women at Home and in the Community.

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Claiming Their Citizenship: African American Women from 1624-2009

The exhibit presents 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.

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This Isn't Right! Women Reform Leaders from 1847-1952

Women have stood up for change throughout history. This exhibit explores the amazing women who have instituted reform in their communities and world, including Helen Keller, Eleanor Roosevelt, Dorothea Dix, and Mother Jones.

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Women in Industry

This exhibit investigates the development of women’s participation in the paid labor force during the Industrial Revolution (1800 to 1880), the long Progressive era (1880 to 1930), and the Depression/World War II (1930 to 1945).

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Women With a Deadline: Female Printers, Publishers, and Journalists

Did you know that Godey's Ladies Book, the most widely read periodical in the nation, was co-published by Sarah Josepha Hale? This exhibit follows the history of American women in print journalism from the early settlers to the turn of the 20th century.

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First But Not the Last: Women Who Ran for President

Did you know that at least 35 women have run for US President--including some from obscure parties, such as the Surprise Party? This exhibit investigates 12 women who ran for president--from Victoria Woodhull to Hillary Clinton.

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Leaving Their Stamp on History

Did you know that over 200 stamps have been issued by the US Post Office that feature women? This exhibit examines the first 26 stamps--issued between 1893 and 1968.

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Exhibit: Chinese American Women

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Fourth of July

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Women and Memorial Day

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