Women’s Rights Collection
This Smithsonian Learning Lab collection explores the key components and changes that have occurred during the struggle for women’s rights. It is meant to spark discussion about the movement and its long-term impact on history and the issues that still face women in their fight for gender equality today.
Enjoy this collection of songs highlighting women’s liberation that was created by Smithsonian Folkways in recognition of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington.
Meet Miriam Schapiro
In this interview provided by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery, abstract artist Miriam Schapiro discusses her struggle to succeed in the male-dominated abstract expressionist movement.
Artist and Society
In this teacher-created lesson from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, high school students design their own “system” that shows the impact that society had on a given artist and the impact that this artist might have had on others in an artistic movement.
Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence
The Ubuhle (means “beautiful”) artists’ community was established in 1999 by local resident Bev Gibson and master beader Ntombephi Ntombela [En-Tom-be-Fi En-tom-bell-la] to empower local women with the means to provide for their families through art. Review this brochure from the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum to meet some of the female artists who live and work together in the community.
Zaida Ben-Yusuf: New York Portrait Photographer
Invite students to explore this National Portrait Gallery exhibition to learn about the extraordinary life of photographer Zaida Ben-Yusuf, an important figure in the pictorialist photography movement in late 19th- and early 20th-century New York.