At the Smithsonian

The author of a penetrating new book, documenting the multi-layered complexities of the Miss America pageant (above: 1921, Atlantic City), writes about the contest's ongoing battle to remain relevant over its century of historic highs and lows.

AT THE SMITHSONIAN

How the Swimsuit Showdown Shaped the Miss America Contest

Tompkins Harrison Matteson, Examination of a Witch, 1853

SMART NEWS

Reckoning With—and Reclaiming—the Salem Witch Trials

Rea Ann Silva with an oversized version of the Beautyblender sponge

AT THE SMITHSONIAN

Rea Ann Silva Invented the 'Beautyblender' and Changed Makeup Forever

Helina Metaferia, Crowning Care 1, 2021

SMART NEWS

Pioneering Project Explores Motherhood Through the Lens of Design

They Shaped Culture

Actress and comedian Betty White, pictured here in 2015, died last week at the age of 99.

SMART NEWS ARTS & CULTURE

How Betty White Broke Barriers for Women in Television

Sarah Biffin, Sarah Biffin, watercolor

SMART NEWS

Miniature by Sarah Biffin, 19th-Century Artist Born With No Arms or Legs, Exceeds Estimates at Auction

Being the Ricardos features Nicole Kidman (left) as Lucille Ball and Javier Bardem (right) as Desi Arnaz.

HISTORY

The True History Behind 'Being the Ricardos'

Frida Kahlo's Diego y yo (1949) sold at auction for $34.9 million on Tuesday night. 

SMART NEWS

Intimate Frida Kahlo Self-Portrait Sells for $34.9 Million, Smashing Auction Records

Women in STEM

Rasha Alqahtani, an 18-year-old from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, won a third award in the behavioral and social sciences category of the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair for her prototype of a video game feature to assess anxiety. In addition to her STEM research, Alqahtani is a poet and artist.

INNOVATION

This Teenager Is Developing a Video Game That Assesses Your Mental Health

An undated photograph shows Wally Funk standing with a U.S. Air Force jet.

SMART NEWS

Trailblazing Pilot Wally Funk Will Go to Space 60 Years After Passing Her Astronaut Tests

Ana K. Spalding and 23 other women scientists from around the world, advocate for a shift in the value system in science, to emphasize a more equal, diverse and inclusive academic culture.

AT THE SMITHSONIAN

Women in Science Propose Changes to Discriminatory Measures of Scientific Success

L to R: Zelia Nutall, Mary Mahoney and Bertha Parker

SCIENCE

Looking Beyond the Female Firsts of Science History

Future of Women's History

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.

SMART NEWS

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

Artist Simon Berger created the portrait by strategically hammering cracks into a pane of glass.

SMART NEWS

Kamala Harris Portrait Draws Inspiration From the Glass Ceiling She Shattered