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.
Building a New Nation, 1783-1828 explores the foundation of the new nation, how women’s rights were suppressed in the formation of the new government, and the central roles women played in the creation of the new American identity.
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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.
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.
Industry and Empire, 1866-1898 considers women’s rights at the end of the 19th century as the nation redefined the boundaries and privileges of citizenship.
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, 1974-2018 looks at the experiences of women as technology, globalization, and increasingly polarized politics shaped the nation.
A federal report on women receiving government assistance in Chicago.
The story of the highest-ranking woman in the federal government who used her intellect and her network to enforce Prohibition and reform the prison system.
A Wisconsin Senate resolution condemning married women in the government workplace.
Photographs of women sharecroppers taken by agents of the Farm Security Administration.
A two-page spread from a Communist publication encouraging housewives to join a national meat boycott.
A page from a union scrapbook highlighting the involvement of women in Depression Era picket lines.
A newspaper article about a mother who made and sold illegal liquor out of necessity.
The story of a labor leader who led a major food-industry strike in her early 20s and was eventually ostracized for her political beliefs.
Propaganda posters recruiting women to different types of war work.
Excerpts from a magazine article about the newly-formed Women’s Army Auxiliary Corp.