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Women in American History

Women lead advancements in science, technology, politics, sports and activism—often fighting against inequity and opposition at every turn.

In this collection, explore films, interviews, articles, image galleries and more for an in-depth look at notable female figures in American history.

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  • The Vote poster image The Vote
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    The Vote

    One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote, a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.

  • The Codebreaker poster image The Codebreaker
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    The Codebreaker

    Discover the fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst who helped bring down gangsters and break up a Nazi spy ring in South America. Her work helped lay the foundation for modern codebreaking today.

  • Voice of Freedom poster image Voice of Freedom
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    Voice of Freedom

    Explore the life of singer Marian Anderson and her triumphant 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial.

  • Sandra Day O'Connor: The First poster image Sandra Day O'Connor: The First
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    Sandra Day O'Connor: The First

    Discover the story of the Supreme Court’s first female justice. A pioneer who both reflected and shaped an era, she was the deciding vote in cases on some of the 20th century’s most controversial issues—including race, gender and reproductive rights.

  • Annie Oakley poster image Annie Oakley
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    Annie Oakley

    As the star attraction of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Annie Oakley thrilled audiences around the world with her shooting feats.

  • Amelia Earhart poster image Amelia Earhart
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    Amelia Earhart

    The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Earhart disappeared in 1937 during an attempt to circumnavigate the world by airplane.

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    The Vote | Interactive

    She Resisted: Strategies of Suffrage

    Celebrate the strategies and tactics of the movement in a new interactive experience.

     

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    Helen Keller's Bookshelf

    Dorothy Herrmann, author of Helen Keller: A Life, tells us about the writer and activist’s passion for philosophy, love of Walt Whitman, and devotion to the work of a Swedish theologian.

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    The Vote | Image Gallery

    Suffragist Gender Benders

    A Browse through our selection of historical images of notable gender non-conforming suffragists.

Digital Shorts

Past Forward

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    The Codebreaker | Clip

    Breaking the Code

    Author Jason Fagone and CODE-EQUAL co-founders Valeria and Kyara Torres-Olivares speak with professor Adriane Lentz-Smith about pioneering women in STEM—from Elizebeth Smith Friedman, to groups like CODE-EQUAL.

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    Voice of Freedom | Clip

    The Power and Resilience of Black Women

    Opera singer Angela Brown and professor Kira Thurman speak with professor Jessica Marie Johnson about the excellence and power of Black women as they navigate and conquer traditionally white spaces and industries.

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    Test Tube Babies | Clip

    Fertility Science

    Fertility rights advocate and America’s first IVF baby Elizabeth Carr, and university professor at Rutgers University Margaret Marsh speak with historian Monica Muñoz Martinez about the evolution of fertility science—from a niche opportunity to an accepted norm.

Articles