Smithsonian’s American Women’s History Initiative

American Women’s History Initiative Women’s stories are the stories of our civilization. Women have influenced eras, changed nations and shaped history. Yet countless of their stories are not well known, their contributions not fully integrated into our national narrative. The Smithsonian’s American Women’s History Initiative will amplify women’s voices to honor the past, inform the Read More …

Happy Women’s Equality Day from the American Museum of Women’s History Congressional Commission!

This day honors the anniversary of the 19th Amendment becoming law, legally giving women the right to vote nation-wide. The suffrage movement was a struggle that lasted seventy-two years, with most of those who started it in 1848 not around to see it finally succeed in 1920. The Commission recognizes the importance of these suffragists, Read More …

Celebrating Outgoing U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios

    On Monday, August 8th, the Chair of the Congressional Commission on the American Museum of Women’s History, Jane Abraham, and the Executive Director, Wendy Pangburn, attended the farewell event for outgoing U.S. Treasurer, Rosie Rios. Rios has served as Treasurer since 2009, when President Obama appointed her. As Treasurer, she oversaw the Bureau Read More …

Senator Baldwin Introduces Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission Act

  On June 16, 2016, Senator Tammy Baldwin from Wisconsin introduced bill S. 3073, entitled the “Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission Act”. If passed, the bill will establish a commission to “ensure a suitable observance” of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave American women the right to vote nationwide. The Read More …

The 2020 Centennial Initiative Hosts a “Slogo” Contest

The 2020 Centennial Initiative was recently established by a coalition of both women’s organizations and individuals to plan and encourage nationwide celebrations and events for the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment in 2020. They want the coming anniversary to be marked by celebrations that include all Americans, encompassing activities both large and small, organized Read More …

Treasury Department Announces that Harriet Tubman Will be the New Face on the $20 Bill

The Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew announced last Wednesday, April 20th, that the redesign of the $20 bill will feature the abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman. The Secretary also announced that an image paying homage to the leaders of the women’s suffrage movement would be depicted on the back of the redesign of the Read More …