Nicolás Enríquez de Vargas (artist), Portrait of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, ca. 1750. Oil on canvas. Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City.
François (Franz) Fleischbein (artist), Portrait of Betsy, 1837. The Historic New Orleans Collection, acc. no. 1985.212.
Jarena Lee, 1849. Religious Experience and Journal of Mrs. Jarena Lee: giving an account of her call to preach the gospel, frontispiece. Engraving. New-York Historical Society Library.
Unknown photographer, A Typical Boomer Family, ca. 1890. New-York Historical Society.
Expansions and Inequalities, 1820-1869 examines what Westward Expansion meant to the diverse women living within and outside of the expanding nation’s borders, how women responded to the burgeoning immigration debate, and the roles women played in the early years of the Industrial Revolution.
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Unidentified African American woman in uniform, 1861. New-York Historical Society Library.
Cihak and Zima (photographer), Ida B. Wells-Barnett, ca. 1893-1894. University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center.
Gertrude Kasebier (photographer), Zitkala Sa, Sioux Indian and activist, c. 1898. Gertrude Kasebier, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Chien-shiung Wu (1912-1997), professor of physics at Columbia University, 1963. Smithsonian Institute Archives Image # SIA 2010-1509.
“Oportunidades Iguales Para Las Mujeres En El Trabajo y La Educaccion”, Women’s Strike for Equality, New York, Fifth Avenue, 1970, Eugene Gordon photograph collection, 1970-1990. New-York Historical Society Library.
Sarah Atwood Yale (maker), “I march against…” embroidered sign carried at Women’s March on Chicago, 2017. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Sarah Atwood Yale.
The Information Age, 1977-2001 looks at the experiences of women as technology, globalization, and increasingly polarized politics shaped the nation.
Excerpts from the slave narrative of Harriet Jacobs.
The constitution of the first female abolitionist society, started by free Black women in Massachusetts.
The story of Elizabeth Jennings, who fought the segregation of New York City streetcars in 1854.
Two examples of antebellum propaganda written to shape the minds of children.
An advertisement that demonstrates the immediate popularity and reach of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s masterwork.
Two documents that demonstrate some ways enslaved women resisted slavery in the antebellum period.
The story of an enslaved woman who became one of the most important social justice activists in American history.
An excerpt from Lydia Maria Child’s dramatic retelling of the attack on Lawrence, Kansas.
The story of two southern white women who became leading abolitionists and women’s rights activists.
Four sources that demonstrate the scope and scale of the Sanitary Fairs organized by Union women.