Women’s history is America’s history. Female thinkers, activists, and groundbreakers have shaped us into the nation we are today and continue to lead us forward. Yet countless stories of great female leaders are going untold, and only a small fraction of our cultural heritage recognizes women’s history and achievements.
As the country marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2020, we have an opportunity to honor and uplift the stories and contributions of generations of women who contributed to American history and culture. Where Women Made History—a multi-year initiative from the National Trust—recognizes and protects historic places that showcase these women's vision, courage, and leadership.
For example, we're shining a spotlight on women through the homes of African American millionaire Madam C.J. Walker, famed musician Nina Simone, and civil rights and women’s rights activist Pauli Murray—all part of our National Treasures program.
We’re elevating women’s stories through our Distinctive Destinations program, which features historic houses and museums that reveal the many vital yet unheralded roles women have played in the American story.
And we’re remembering the history of preservation itself through the legacies of Ann Pamela Cunningham, who saved Mount Vernon in 1860 and is now known as the mother of the American preservation movement; Helen Douglass and the National League of Colored Women, who worked to save Frederick Douglass’ D.C. home, Cedar Hill, in 1896; and Marie Beale, who saved the Decatur House, a National Trust Historic Site, in 1956.
But places like these are just the beginning. Through these sites and more, let’s work together to tell the full American story.
Women's Heritage Stories
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