A Woman’s Place Is in the Curriculum: Women’s History through American Art and Portraiture

Educators from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery facilitated a series of three interactive webinars on women’s history in the fall of 2019.

View the archived webinars below.  Learn how American art and portraiture can bring diverse women’s stories into your classroom, connecting with themes you may already teach. Discover strategies for engaging your students in close looking and critical thinking across disciplines.


Persisting and Resisting: Exploring Women as Activists

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 (4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EDT)

How have women led the way in activism and social justice movements? Featured artworks include Dolores Huerta by George Ballis and State Names by Jaune Quick-To-See Smith.


Who Tells Your Story? Exploring Women and Identity

Thursday, November 7, 2019 (5:00 – 6:00 p.m. EST)

Women’s identities are complex, intersecting with race, class, sexuality, etc., and have often been overlooked or erased from history. What is the importance of being able to express yourself and voice your story? Featured artworks include Henrietta Lacks by Kadir Nelson and Portrait of Mnonja by Mickalene Thomas.


Remaking the Rules: Exploring Women Who Broke Barriers

Thursday, December 5, 2019 (6:00 – 7:00 p.m. EST)

How have women created space for themselves in the arts and culture? Featured artworks include Lorraine Hansberry by David Attie and The Eclipse by Alma Thomas.



This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative. To learn more, visit the Smithsonian American Women History Initiative website.

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