Smithsonian Voices

From the Smithsonian Museums

Has Someone Else Ever Made a Decision That Affected Your Body?

We asked our visitors to talk back about bodily autonomy, and here's what they had to say

Three cards where visitors left handwritten messages invoking girl power. One card reads: “you think we're not good enough but we're just to [sic] good for you, girl power.”

What Does 'Girl Power' Really Mean?


Ella at the Gala

Portrait of Madam C. J. Walker, taken in 1915.

How Madam C.J. Walker Changed Philanthropy

Robert Abbe's hourglass (NMAH)

Curing Cancer with a Single Gram of Radium

Speaker’s card advertising Walker’s services as a lecturer. Walker described herself as

Mary Walker, the Original "New Woman"