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Women's History: Exhibits

The Smithsonian's Salute to Women's Month

Smithsonian Women Scientists
Women Scientist This website features women scientists at the Smithsonian, both past and present. Meet such historic figures as astrophysicist Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, the first female full professor at Harvard, and contemporary women such as marine biologist Carole Baldwin, ornithologist Mercedes S. Foster, volcano expert Elizabeth Cottrell, and insect ecologist Ilka Feller.
Women Scientist at the Smithsonian
Photographs of Women on Flickr
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Explore and download images from a Smithsonian photostream on Flickr featuring historic photographs related to Women’s History Month.
Women's History Photos on Flickr
American Women
Woman Tennis Player This selection of seventy portraits recognizes the great achievements of American women. Featured are portraits of women reformists, activists, athletes, scientists, artists, and entertainers. The pieces date from colonial times to the modern day. But most noteworthy is the range of individual accomplishment that these portraits embody.
American Women
A children's activity guide (PDF)
Women of Our Time
Woman Photographer This online exhibition highlights famous and influencial American women of the twentieth century. The iconic images include studio portraits, glamorous publicity shots, press photographs, fashion photographs, advertising images, and amateur snapshots.
Women of Our Time
Heritage Month on Smithsonian Folkways
Heritage Month on Smithsonian Folkways If you’re interested in that broadest of all musical categories, “world music,” you won’t find a better site than Smithsonian Folkways, which contains 40,000 tracks from the Smithsonian Folkways archives. Albums and individual songs are available for purchase and download. For Women’s History Month, Smithsonian Folkways offers free audio tracks and videos featuring women around the world who “break musical barriers.” Lesson plans and student activities are included.
Heritage Month on Smithsonian Folkways
Women Inventors
Image of Stephanie Kwolek, inventor of the Kevlar vest This website explores the historical accomplishments of women inventors and includes a video, activities, and a teacher resource guide about eight female inventors.
Innovative Lives
Women in Aviation and Space History
First woman in space This website features women's contributions to flight, their stories, and claims to fame throughout history. This guide leads to all the women that have artifacts or photographs in the National Air and Space Museum.
Women in Space
The Seneca Falls Convention
Elizabeth Cady Stanton This website tells the story of the first Woman's Rights Convention through portraits of many of the women involved, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.
The Seneca Falls Convention
Setting the Precedent: Women who excelled in Business
Brownie Wise This virtual tour introduces four exceptional American women who succeeded in business in the twentieth century. The website features biographical information, timelines, games, and historical background for each of the women.
Four Women Who Excelled in Business
Recommended Books about African American Women Artists
Edmonia Lewis The Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture prepared this annotated bibliography on African American Women Artists.
Recommended Books
Recommended Books about Native American Women
Native American Artist A list of recommended readings about Native American women prepared by the National Museum of the American Indian Resource Center.
Recommended Books about Native American Women
Harriet Tubman, a selected Children’s Bibliography
Harriet Tubman The Anacostia Museum's Office of Education offers a reading list for children about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.
A Selected Children's Bibliography
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