At the Smithsonian

This Bushnell telescope allowed Sally Ride to gaze at her favorite constellation, Orion, and envision her future as an astronaut. 

AT THE SMITHSONIAN

How the Smithsonian Is Honoring Remarkable American Women

In the 2010 Winter Olympics Games in Vancouver, the USA's Hannah Teter (above: in action during the women's snowboard halfpipe competition) took home silver. Her boots are now in the collections of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

AT THE SMITHSONIAN

Meet the Trailblazers in Women’s Olympic Snowboarding

“Bessie Coleman (above: with her Curtiss JN-4 "Jennie" in her custom designed flying suit, ca. 1924) was a real gutsy woman for the era,” says Dorothy Cochrane, a curator at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. "Anyone else might have quit at any time.”

AT THE SMITHSONIAN

For Pilot Bessie Coleman, Every 'No' Got Her Closer to 'Yes'

A first edition of Phillis Wheatley's Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (1773), written while the poet was enslaved to John Wheatley of Boston. The book has a brown leather cover, the original Morocco spine label and a frontispiece featuring a portrait of Phillis by Scipio Morehead.


 

AT THE SMITHSONIAN

How Phillis Wheatley Beat All Expectations

They Shaped Culture

A self-portrait of Vivian Maier from 1953

SMART NEWS

How Vivian Maier, the Enigmatic Nanny Who Took 150,000 Photographs, Found Her Place in History

Lena Horne performing in Stormy Weather

SMART NEWS

The First Broadway Theater to Bear a Black Woman's Name Will Honor Lena Horne

Margaret Atwood tried burning the new, fireproof version of her novel The Handmaid's Tale with a flamethrower.

SMART NEWS

Margaret Atwood Tried—and Failed—to Burn a Copy of 'The Handmaid’s Tale.' Here's Why

Georgia O’Keeffe poses at her home, Ghost Ranch, in New Mexico. The artist often drew on imagery of the American Southwest in her work. 

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Unvarnished Photos of Georgia O'Keeffe Show the Elusive Painter in Her Element

Women in STEM

This seven-foot statue of Pearl Kendrick, center, and Grace Eldering, left, was unveiled in Grand Rapids in 2019. Lab assistant Loney Clinton stands to the right with a microscope.

SCIENCE

The Unsung Heroes Who Ended a Deadly Plague

The life-size exhibit presents an inclusive vision of women excelling in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

SMART NEWS

Smithsonian Honors Female Scientists With 120 Bright Orange Statues

"American Girl (above: the new doll Evette Peters) was seeking to emphasize to its young audience the importance of being able to envision themselves as part of the larger American story," writes the Smithsonian's Katrina Lashley. "And that vision requires more accessible histories, as well as role models in civic engagement."

AT THE SMITHSONIAN

Why This American Girl Doll Inspires Environmental Activism

Zara Rutherford greets reporters at  Wevelgem International Airport on January 20, 2022 in Kortrijk, Belgium. At age 19, she became the youngest female pilot to circumvent the globe, traveling across five continents in five months while flying in a single-seater sport plane.

SMART NEWS

19-Year-Old Woman Completes Around-the-World Solo Flight

Future of Women's History

President Biden announced his pick to fill the US Supreme Court vacancy on Friday: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.

SMART NEWS

What to Know About Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's Historic Nomination to the Supreme Court

Maya Angelou, pictured here in 2008, became the first Black woman to feature on a U.S. quarter this week. The celebrated poet and author died in 2014. 

SMART NEWS

Newly Minted Maya Angelou Quarters Enter Circulation and Make History

Astronaut Sally Ride (left) and poet Maya Angelou (right) will be the first individuals honored through the American Women Quarters Program.

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Maya Angelou, Sally Ride to Be Among First Women Featured on U.S. Quarters