Women Across the United States

The National Park Service shares the stories of women's contributions to our Nation's past in a variety of ways. Whether you are interested in visiting a real place, taking a "virtual" tour, seeing a museum exhibit, finding educational materials, or gaining a better understanding of the history of women who work for the National Park Service, the following websites offer a wealth of women's experiences - discover for yourself their struggles and triumphs.

  • Women’s History
    Visit a multitude of park sites dedicated to Women's history and culture, where you can learn about Rosie the Riveter, Clara Barton or Eleanor Roosevelt among others. View Museum exhibits, explore more places associated with women's history, learn more through lesson plans, or read in-depth histories and interviews of famous women and how they shaped the United States.

  • National Register of Historic Places - Women’s History Month
    The National Register of Historic Places lists many properties significant for women's history. We take the opportunity of Women's History Month to highlight just some of the properties that exemplify the contributions of women to American history. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources..

  • Women and the National Park Service
    "The Way We Were: Women and the National Park Service" provides a brief historical summary of the changing role of women in the National Park Service. The narrative draws from Polly Welts Kaufman's definitive book on the subject, "National Parks and the Woman's Voice."

  • Breeches, Blouses, and Skirts
    As the National Park Service approaches its centennial year, few people remember that for the greater part of its history Service women did not have the right to "look like a ranger." Not until 1978 were women allowed to cast off their unique polyester knit, "fast food worker's" uniforms (Bicentennial replacements for the earlier "stewardess" garb), and wear the same official uniform Service men had always worn.

Last updated: March 10, 2015

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