Women’s History

Maggie Walker
Studio Portrait of Maggie Walker

Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site

"I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do something I can do" - Helen Keller

From the lives of young, immigrant women who worked the textile mills at Lowell National Historical Park to those of the female shipyard workers who were essential to the home front during World War II at Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historic Park, women’s history can be found at every park. If you want to understand our nation’s history, explore the remarkable legacies of American women.

Women's history is full of amazing stories of both ordinary and extraordinary people. Instead of revealing a singular "womanhood," women's history makes the diversity of the American experience more visible. While women often faced social constraints and could be restricted by conventional ideas about gender roles, the realities of women's lives have never been neatly confined to the "domestic" spaces of the home. They have been active participants in American society—as political activists, intellectuals, innovators, entrepreneurs, laborers, and educators. Read more »

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