Women's History Month

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Every March during Women's History Month and throughout the year, the National Park Service and our partners commemorate the role of women in American history. Visit any of the more than 400 national parks across the country or join a ranger program to learn more or reflect on women's contributions of past and present.

Inspired by something you've learned or found a bit of family history in a national park? Share your experiences on social media using #FindYourPark or #EncuentraTuParque.

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Women's History

Explore a variety of women's history topics any time of year shared in national parks and communities across the country.

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Featured Places

Travel where women made history—in person or virtually—with featured places connected through themes and stories.

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Find distance learning opportunities, lesson plans, and other educational material about history and heritage for all age groups.

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Women Who Have Shaped Our Nation

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These women and countless others—seen and unseen—shaped our nation. Explore their stories and celebrate women's history in national parks. Some rights reserved.

Featured Stories

During this year's Women's History Month, we join our partners and others across the country in highlighting the role of women of all cultures in providing healing and hope throughout history. Join the conversation on social media using #WomensHistoryMonth.

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Harriet Tubman 200th

A nationwide commemoration begins this month to mark what is believed to be the 200th anniversary of Tubman's birth.

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Black Women and the Fight for Equality

Black women have always served on the front-line in the fight for equality. Follow the journeys of some influential advocates in US history.

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Voice through Vote

Black women fought for the voting rights of marginalized groups. Their efforts helped with the passing of the 15th and 19th Amendments.

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Voices of Change

An oral history project is capturing the stories of National Park Service staff making a difference as stewards and storytellers.

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"Dear Future Girl Conservationist"

A community of National Park Service women in many fields of science give encouragement to the next generation of conservationists.

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Founding Women

Meet a few women who harnessed their public voices to protect powerfully important American places that became national parks.

A Continuing Tradition of Service

Women have played an important role in the preservation and stewardship of many places that are now national parks since before the creation of the National Park Service. Today a tradition of service and leadership continues with employees, volunteers, interns, and partners in many National Park Service career fields, including natural and cultural resource management, law enforcement, interpretation, administration, and much more.

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Historic Women of the Service

Explore the stories of some of historic women and the times and places where they laid the foundation for the National Park Service.

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Women in the National Park Service

Women have shaped the National Park Service since its early days, but opportunities have come a long way since 1916.

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Their Stories

A growing collection of stories from our archive collection spotlights women supporting the mission of the National Park Service.

Featured Parks and Places

Women's history is found in every national park as women continue to play an important role in the management of public lands. Other places where women made history are preserved in local communities through National Park Service programs and partnerships. Here are a few parks and places that were created tor recognized specifically to honor women leaders.

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    Travel Where Women Made History

    Explore places and discover the accomplishments of many American women making a difference in communities throughout history.

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    Belmont-Paul Women's Equality NM

    From a residence across the street from the US Capitol, a national suffragist group pushed for the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

  • A highly decorated large stairwell and hallway area

    Clara Barton NHS

    After providing support for the military during the Civil War, Barton founded the American Red Cross to improve national emergency response.

  • Statue of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt sitting at a table

    Eleanor Roosevelt NHS

    A tireless advocate for human rights, Eleanor Roosevelt demanded equality both as a first lady and later with the United Nations.

  • Tour group walking inside a two-story white house

    Harriet Tubman NHP

    The famed Underground Railroad conductor spent her life advocating for civil rights for African Americans, women, and the disabled.

  • Mural of Maggie Walker and Richmond skyline

    Maggie L. Walker NHS

    As a prominent business woman, Maggie Walker advanced civic rights, education, and business opportunities in the African American community.

  • Ranger talking next to a portrait of Mary McLeod Bethune

    Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS

    Bethune's impressive resume included being a diplomat, founding a college, and leading the National Council for Negro Women.

  • Group seated inside a historic convention hall

    Women's Rights NHP

    Prominent 19th-century activists gathered in Seneca Falls, New York, in July of 1948 to hold the first Women's Rights Convention.

Calendar of Events

Set the calendar to March to find in-person and virtual events, tours, festivities, and other programs hosted by national parks for Women's History Month. Use this calendar to also look ahead to find more women's history programs throughout the year. Find tips to recreate responsibly when visiting a park.

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Last updated: March 28, 2022