Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative

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Discover Her Story

The Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative is an ambitious undertaking to research, collect, document, display and share the compelling story of women. It is inclusive, highlighting the stories of those who identify as women and those who were designated female but self-identify differently.

Tell Her Story

Smithsonian Affiliations, in collaboration with the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative (AWHI), will be amplifying these voices throughout 2021. On this page, and through The Affiliate eNewsletter (powered by Constant Contact), Smithsonian Affiliations will be connecting its Affiliates with Smithsonian resources that help share the accomplishments of American women both locally and nationally.

Screen her program

Affiliates can request a program to complement women’s history programming. Visit our Smithsonian Channel Screenings page to browse the collection and submit a request.

Featured women’s history programs:

Get her Book

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Smithsonian American Women: Remarkable Stories of Strength, Ingenuity, and Vision from the National Collection

An inspiring and surprising celebration of U.S. women’s history told through Smithsonian artifacts illustrating women’s participation in science, art, music, sports, fashion, business, religion, entertainment, military, politics, activism, and more.

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