Women's History Month

Illustration of a ranger profile over names of historical women

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. Following the centennial of the 19th Amendment in August 2020, we are exploring stories of women of all cultural backgrounds and traditions who have engaged in civic life throughout American history and earlier, as well as leaders, trailblazers, and pioneers in stewardship of public lands today.

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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National Park Foundation

The National Park Foundation (NPF), an official partner of the National Park Service, continues to explore women’s history remembered and represented in national parks and how the current generation of women leaders are connecting people to their public lands.

Spotlight on the 19th Amendment Centennial

August 26, 2020, marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment of the US Constitution that gave women the legal right to vote but did not always protect every woman's right to vote in practice. In commemoration of the centennial, we are exploring the complex history involving Americans of all backgrounds fighting for and against women voting. Read stories about people's roles in the suffrage movement and beyond as the struggle for civil rights and to open more doors in civic engagement continued.

Suffragist cloak and hat in an exhibit

The 19th Amendment

Learn more about the history of the 19th Amendment and find resources, including articles, education tools, timelines, maps, and more.

Visitor in a museum exhibit about women suffragists

A Crash Course

Brush up on your 19th Amendment knowledge with a brief overview of its history, key players, and legacy.

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Symbols of the Suffrage Movement

Recognizable symbols were used throughout the women's suffrage movement to invoke a narrative.

Painting of a suffragist on a horse

Race to Ratification

Follow the progress of the 19th Amendment state by state 100 years after each state ratified it.

Black and white photo of Black women holding up suffrage signs

Still Denied the Vote

Even after the ratification of the 19th Amendment, many American women were still unable to cast a ballot.

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    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.

    Historic photo of women park rangers in 1969

    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.

    Ranger looking at a lake

    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.

    Biologist in waders and a flashlight looking in a pond at night

    Women In Science

    Biologists, geologists, entomologists, engineers, wildlife veterinarians and much more. ear their stories and learn more about their work.

    Featured Parks and Places

    Stories of women involved in civic engagement can be found in every national park in both the past and present 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 or recognized specifically to honor women actively involved in civic life.

    Last updated: February 28, 2021