A State-By-State Guide To The Top Women’s History Landmarks In America
In 1978, an education task force in Sonoma County, California launched a celebration of “Women’s History Week,” which took off. Nine years later, Congress designated March as Women’s History Month to acknowledge the work of women across America. Want to explore the roots of women’s rights? In honor of Women’s History Month, we compiled the best locations across the country that highlight the contributions of women.
Rosa Parks Museum (Montgomery) – Upholding the importance of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, this memorial also honors the life of civil rights icon Rosa Parks.
Polly’s (Kantishna) — This historic roadhouse was where Paula Anderson gave refuge to miners and travelers back in the early 1900s by caring for them and giving them food and a place to rest.
Arizona Women’s Heritage Trail (Mesa) — This historic site celebrates all of the diverse women who have made an impact on the Southwest and the nation. The trail is meant to encourage public awareness of women’s presence and leadership.
Arkansas Women’s History Institute (Little Rock) — Dedicated to the study of Arkansas women’s history, this non-profit organization makes strides to spread unwritten history and empower the women of today.
Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park (Richmond) — Honoring “We Can Do It,” this museum explores the origins of the iconic female factory worker and how she helped catalyze equality movements.
The Molly Brown House (Denver) — Former home of Denver’s first historic preservationist, “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” who survived the sinking of the Titanic.
Harriet Beecher Stowe House (Hartford) — Want to see where Harriet Beecher Stowe — author of the important novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin — once lived? The Stowe House is set in Nook Farm, a 140-acre parcel purchased by Stowe’s brother-in-law and lawyer in 1853.
Underground Railroad in Delaware (Wilmington) — A landmark dedicated to the best known conductor on the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman, who rescued more than 300 slaves mostly through this route.
Royal Palm State Park (Everglades) — May Austin Elizabeth Mann Jennings, former First Lady of Florida, helped create the Royal Palm State Park, which was the first state park in Florida and later served as the basis for the incredible Everglades National Park.
Ellamae Ellis League House (Macon) — This historic house designed by female architect Ellamae Ellis League during the 20th century was created at a time when women were not traditionally in professional roles besides teaching.
Anna Ranch (Kamuela). Still active today, this ranch was where Anna Lindsey lived life as a Hawaiian Rancher and cowgirl. She also brought innovations and new cattle breeds to Hawaii and performed many charitable deeds for the community.
Sacajawea Center (Salmon) — This center celebrates the rich history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition with Sacajawea, and partners with those who are dedicated to educating the public about the Agai’dika Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Western frontier life and the natural environment.
Madame C.J. Walker Building (Indianapolis) — Celebrating one of the most successful African American women in history, Madame C.J. Walker, who dedicated her life to promoting arts in the black community as well as the employment of women of color.
Carrie Lane Chapman Catt Girlhood Home (Charles City) — The childhood home of suffrage leader Carrie Lane Chapman, who led countless women in the fight to pressure Congress to allow them the right to vote.
Ida B. Wells-Barnett House (Chicago) — Home of the African-American civil rights activist and early investigative journalist who was born right before the Emancipation Proclamation.
Ensor Farm (Olathe) — History was made here when Loretta Ensor became “The Lone Woman Radio Amateur in West.” She and her brother were licensed radio operatives, broadcasting from the farmhouse for 56 years.
Mary Todd Lincoln House (Lexington) — One of the nation’s most famed First Ladies lived in this home constructed more than 210 years ago.
The Gaudet Normal Industrial School (New Orleans) — African-American and Native American activist Frances Gaudet dedicated her life to social work and opened the school to support juvenile prisoners.
Matinicus Rock and Whitehead Light Stations (Knox County) — Historic site where Abbie Burgess Grant was a lighthouse keeper known for her bravery for tending the house for months during a raging winter storm in 1856.
The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway (Cambridge) — A trail that honors Harriet Tubman’s role in the Underground Railroad.
Lowell National Historical Park (Lowell) — An industrial park that employed young women to work in the mills, a rarity at the time.
Keweenaw National Historical Park (Calumet) – This park, established in honor of Michigan’s copper mining industry, also tells the story of women’s contributions to the field.
Strutwear Knitting Company Building (Minneapolis) — Home to an important battle in the labor movement, where nearly 900 female workers participated in a strike against the company’s anti-union policies.
Eudora Welty House (Jackson) — The home where influential 20th century writer Eudora Welty lived and wrote all of her major works.
The Home of the Friendless (St. Louis) — This senior care facility served as a home for elderly women and widows who had no financial support.
Rankin Ranch (Avalanche Gulch) — The home of the first female member of Congress, Jeanette Rankin, who was instrumental in passing the 19th Amendment and believed that women had an important place in politics.
Willa Cather Home (Red Cloud) — The prominent female author’s family moved to this family farm when she was 9. While she only lived here 12 years, the place inspired many of Cather’s stories of America’s frontier experience.
Nevada Historical Society (Reno) — Jeanne Weir was one of the women who formed the Nevada Equal Franchise Society in the fight for women’s suffrage and went on to found the Nevada Historical Society to teach future generations.
A Century of Progress: A Photographic Exhibit of Women’s History (Durham) — Celebrating women’s participation in higher education since the mid-19th century, this exhibit was gifted to the University of New Hampshire by the class of 1950.
New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail (Trenton) — Ever-changing and growing with women making history every day, this trail already includes over 90 sites, each significant to the women who have made a difference in the state of New Jersey and the world as a whole.
Georgia O’Keeffe Home and Studio (Abiquiu) — This is the home and studio of artist Georgia O’Keeffe, who was known for her powerful graphic images and has been recognized as the “Mother of Modernism” because of her reputation as a radical feminist.
National Women’s Hall of Fame (Seneca Falls) Birthplace of women’s suffrage, the Finger Lakes region was home to monumental leaders such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, as well as the site of the first Women’s Rights Convention in 1848 in Seneca Falls. The National Women’s Hall of Fame honors more than 200 pioneering women.
Pauli Murray House (Durham) — The childhood home of the prolific civil rights activist and co-founder of the National Organization for Women.
Marker of Sacagawea’s Death (Mobridge) — This marker honors Sacagawea as a member of the Shoshone tribe, as well as her part in the Lewis & Clark Expedition.
First Ladies National Historic Site (Canton) — A national library and historic site that honors the wives of many U.S. presidents.
Pioneer Woman Museum (Road Ponca City) — Honoring women of all races and nationalities who contributed to the growth of Oklahoma.
David T. and Nan Wood Honeyman House (Portland) — Home of progressive leader and reformer Nan Wood Honeyman, the first woman from Oregon to serve in the U.S. Congress.
Johnstown Flood National Memorial (Johnstown) — This memorial helps tell the story of the life of Clara Barton, one of the most recognized women behind the American Red Cross.
Johnson and Wales (Providence) — Gertrude Johnson and Mary Wales opened up their own college in 1914 with a single student, a typewriter and the dream of bettering themselves and those around them.
Brookgreen Gardens (Georgetown) — This botanical and sculpture garden co-founded by Anna Hyatt Huntington has many of her own prize-winning creations on display.
John E. and Ruth Hipple House (Pierre) — Refuge for women involved in the suffrage movement and home to Ruth Hipple, who who served as an auditor and press secretary for the movement.
Oak Ridge Site-Manhattan Project National Historical Park (Oak Ridge) — Ode to the “Girls of Atomic City,” who enriched uranium for nuclear weapons.
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame (Fort Worth) — The only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West.
The Lion House (Salt Lake City) — Historic site where the Young Ladies’ Department of the Ladies’ Cooperative Retrenchment Association was founded.
Emma Willard House (Middlebury) — Historic home where Emma Willard began a school for girls per her dedication to women’s education.
Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site (Richmond) — Visit the mansion of Maggie L. Walker, an African-American entrepreneur who ran a store and started a newspaper and her own bank during the Great Depression.
Frank B. Cooper Elementary School (Seattle) — Home to Mrs. Thelma Fisher, the first African American to teach within the Seattle Public School.
Memphis Tennessee Garrison House (Huntington) — African American teacher, women’s and civil rights activist Memphis Tennessee Garrison lived, taught and held political meetings.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Wayside & Cabin (Pepin) — A recreation of the cabin of influential writer Laura Ingalls Wilder.
The Wyoming House For Historic Women (Laramie) — Honoring 13 women who made history as the first in their fields to make significant strides.
Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site (Washington, D.C.) — This three-story townhouse was the home of Mary McLeod Bethune, nicknamed “The First Lady of the Struggle” and founder of the National Council of Negro Women.