Public Announcement of the American Womens History Initiative

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The Smithsonian has announced specific plans for the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative, Because of Her Story. The initiative strives to be the nation's most comprehensive undertaking to document, research, collect, display and share the rich, complete and compelling story of women in America. It will greatly increase the Smithsonian's research and programming related to women in the U.S., past and present. Several exhibitions focusing on women's contributions to American society will open next year as part of the initiative, with more to come in 2020 in recognition of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States. Funding from the federal government and private sources has allowed the Smithsonian to hire six additional curators devoted to women's history and related areas.


  • Davis, John 1961 September 24-
  • American Womens History Initiative


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Press release announcing the American Womens History Initiative, November 14, 2018

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


November 14, 2018


  • Women
  • Suffrage
  • New Programs
  • Museums
  • History
  • Women Scientists
  • Women--History
  • Women--Suffrage
  • Museum curators
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