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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

    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

    Voice of Freedom

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

  • Annie Oakley poster image Annie Oakley

    Annie Oakley

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

  • Emma Goldman poster image Emma Goldman

    Emma Goldman

    A notorious lecturer, fearless writer, and merciless publisher, Goldman was one of the most controversial women in America. 

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