In 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her contemporaries organized the first Women’s Rights Convention, which started the long path of the suffrage movement, at Cady Stanton’s home in Seneca Falls, New York. Today, the site is home to the National Women’s Hall of Fame, which highlights the achievement of 256 inductees (and more who are constantly being added.) You can learn details about icons’ work, from Julia Child to Maya Angelou to Madeleine Albright to Abigail Adams, or acquaint yourself with lesser known, yet no less significant, individuals like Annie Jump Cannon, who fine-tuned the universal system of stellar classification, or Bessie Coleman, the first licensed black aviator in the 1920s. The Hall is also compiling an oral history archive that you can listen to from anywhere.
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When it comes to women making a huge impact in a notoriously male-dominated industry, Amelia Earhart stands second to none. Her childhood home in Atchison, Kansas, a Gothic revival cottage on the banks of the Missouri River, stands today as the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum, a tribute to her life. The house is set up with turn-of-the-20th-century furniture and artifacts, presumably as it was during Earhart’s lifetime, and features an assortment of portraits of Earhart and her family as well as aviation memorabilia, including flight maps said to be from her fateful final flight.
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Located in a grand building that also houses the TROY-Montgomery Campus Library in downtown Montgomery, the Rosa Parks Library and Museum is a shrine to one of the landmark events of the Civil Rights movement and the woman who became an accidental icon. Among the many highlights of the collection is a replica of the public bus where Ms. Parks’s defiant act went down in 1955. It also features various interactive and educational attractions for kids.
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With a roster of temporary exhibits that have focused on everything from women who have disrupted the political establishment to Chicana activism and art to feminist photographers to the plight of women refugees, the Women’s Museum of California in San Diego is an authoritative source on American history. During election season this year, the timely marquee show, “Marching Toward Empowerment: Suffrage and the First Wave of Feminism,” explores the early feminist movement through objects, clothing, and paraphernalia. It runs through the end of 2016.
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Boston, of course, is a hub of landmarks and lore that celebrate and commemorate our nation’s early history. But head west towards the Berkshires you could visit Northampton, an area that several of history’s remarkable women called home base, including Sojourner Truth, the abolitionist and women's rights activist who escaped slavery. She's honored with the inspiring Sojourner Truth Memorial (above) in nearby Florence. Not far away in Amherst, the Emily Dickinson Museum, located in an historic home designed to replicate the poet's dwellings, is a tribute to her life and contribution to the arts
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Female artists from the 16th century through today take center stage at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC. From Renaissance painters to Rembrandt’s contemporaries in Northern Europe to Pop Art practitioners of the 1960s, the museum’s collection of over 4,500 works is a survey of the creative expression of women who produced their handiwork in the shadows of their marquee-name male counterparts.
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It’s only a modest colonial-style house on a tree-lined road in Rochester, New York, but it was ground zero for some of the most progressive feminist and civil rights thinking and organizing in the late 19th century. The Susan B. Anthony House, the iconic activist's original residence, was the commend center for the National American Woman Suffrage Association and where the civil rights leader herself was arrested. Today it’s a National Historic Landmark, a memorial, and a library of research material and personal artifacts.
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If you think of burlesque as little more than a strip tease, think again. Burlesque performers led the way for an entire feminist movement rooted in empowerment, control and confidence. The Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas pays homage to some of the movement’s sassy ground breakers and glass ceiling crackers.
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Every American president has some kind of dedicated tribute site. Not so for first ladies, with the exception of one: Eleanor Roosevelt, a tireless trail-blazer for social reform and women’s rights. At Val-Kill, her historic Hyde Park, New York, property and the location of her elegant stone cottage, her spirit is alive. The cottage houses “Eleanor Roosevelt and Val-Kill: Emergence of a Political Leader," a new permanent exhibit that explores how she and her circle of influential friends and colleagues forged the national agenda in the 1920s and 1930s.
After the numerous trips she took on her Underground Railroad to lead about 300 slaves to freedom, Harriet Tubman, a former slave herself, took up residence in Auburn, New York in a property she acquired from Governor William H. Seward. It was here that she took up the cause of helping former slaves, particularly children and the elderly, and managed to squeeze in some suffrage activism activity, too. Today, the Harriett Tubman Home for the Aged and the surrounding land, owned by AME Zion Church, is a National Historic Landmark.