By Julianne G. Crane
Every March, Women’s History Month, hundreds of events, exhibitions and road trips are highlighting women’s contributions to the making of the United States. What follows are just a few suggestions of where to begin your discovery of women’s amazing achievements.
National Park Service – Women’s History Month
Every March during Women’s History Month (and throughout the year), the National Park Service and its partners commemorate the role of women in American history. If you want to fully understand our nation’s history, explore the remarkable legacies of American women. “From the lives of young, immigrant women who worked the textile mills at Lowell National Historic Park,” states NPS, “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.”
As a young enslaved woman of 27, Harriet Tubman emancipated herself and escaped to freedom above the Mason-Dixon Line. She went on to help dozens of slaves find freedom as a conductor along the Underground Railroad.
“I can say what most conductors can’t say – I never run my train off the track and I never lost a passenger,” Tubman said. (Double check before going. The Harriet Tubman House has been closed due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.)
One of the most powerful statues, in a town full of them, is the Vietnam Women’s Memorial on the National Mall near the Reflection Pond. If you were alive in the ’60s and early ’70s, it is impossible to walk from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, past the Lincoln Memorial to the Vietnam Women’s Memorial without being moved in a very deep emotional way.
For more information on how to take advantage of at least 170 exhibits, in-depth publications and events click here. Also visit the National Park Service “Telling All Americans’ Stories” portal to learn more about American heritage themes and histories.