Voting Rights. Civil Rights. Reproductive Rights. Gun Control. A Living Wage. Equal access to Education. Progress on these and every other major social issue of our time have their roots in the activism and advocacy of everyday people in the past. Did you know it took 100 years for the 19th Amendment to be ratified into the Constitution? 100 years of American women organizing, campaigning, marching, writing, speaking, protesting, and being jailed.

Collection Objects

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Smithsonian American Women book cover.

Smithsonian American Women

Remarkable objects and stories of strength, ingenuity, and vision from the National Collection.

Smithsonian American Women book cover.