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Celebrate Generations of Women’s Accomplishments

Every March Women’s History Month honors and celebrates the contributions of women throughout United States history.

This year’s Women’s History Month is the one hundred year anniversary of suffragists marching on Washington to promote women’s rights. In recognition of the anniversary, the National Archives created a Pinterest board where you can view photos, letters, a cartoon, and other documents from that period.

National Women’s History Week began in 1981, and the official month was recognized by Congress in 1987.

Learn more at WomesHistoryMonth.gov.

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Can you identify the woman in this photo?
The Library of Congress is asking for help to identify mystery women in photos from the Smithsonian’s Science Service archives. From their blog:
 Back in 2009, we asked for you to help us learn more about some of the mystery women in our Science Service collections, and boy did you deliver! You provided  additional background information for thirteen women posted to the Flickr Commons that year, and in one particularly unique example, you started the chain of events that not only helped us identify scientific illustrator Elizabeth Sabin Goodwin, but also eventually meet Ms. Goodwin’s granddaughter and discover other drawings by Goodwin in our collections.

If you think you can help the Library of Congress, please visit their photos on Flickr and leave a comment.
Image description (left to right): Unidentified woman; Clark Leonard Hull (1884-1952); and James Burt Miner (1873-1943) taken by Marjorie Van de Water, at the American Psychological Association meeting, September 1937.

Can you identify the woman in this photo?

The Library of Congress is asking for help to identify mystery women in photos from the Smithsonian’s Science Service archives. From their blog:

Back in 2009, we asked for you to help us learn more about some of the mystery women in our Science Service collections, and boy did you deliver! You provided additional background information for thirteen women posted to the Flickr Commons that year, and in one particularly unique example, you started the chain of events that not only helped us identify scientific illustrator Elizabeth Sabin Goodwin, but also eventually meet Ms. Goodwin’s granddaughter and discover other drawings by Goodwin in our collections.

If you think you can help the Library of Congress, please visit their photos on Flickr and leave a comment.

Image description (left to right): Unidentified woman; Clark Leonard Hull (1884-1952); and James Burt Miner (1873-1943) taken by Marjorie Van de Water, at the American Psychological Association meeting, September 1937.

Maya Lin - Women’s History Month

Maya Lin

Photo of Maya Lin, 1988 by Michael Katakis from the National Portrait Gallery.

March is Women’s History Month. Today we recognize Maya Lin, who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

From the Library of Congress:

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, originally designed as a student project by Maya Lin at Yale University’s School of Architecture in 1981, has become a profound symbol that has served to unify and reconcile a nation sorely divided by a foreign entanglement. Lin envisioned a black granite wall, in the shape of a V, on which the names of the American military dead and missing would be inscribed. The architect hoped that “these names, seemingly infinite in number, [would] convey the sense of overwhelming numbers, while unifying these individuals into a whole.”