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Activists: Women Who Shaped History

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This topical collection includes resources related to featured women activists. This collection includes portraits of the activists, related artifacts, articles, videos with experts, and related Smithsonian Learning Lab collections. Use this collection to launch lessons about the life stories of activists, primary source analysis, and examination of the context in which these women lived and made their contributions. This collection is not comprehensive but rather provides a launching point for research and study. 

Keywords: Fannie Lou Hamer, Ida B. Wells, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Edith Windsor, Wilma Mankiller, Grace Lee Boggs, Pauli Murray, Shirley Chisholm, Rachel Carson, Zitkala-Sa, #BecauseOfHerStory

Fannie Lou Hamer

National Portrait Gallery

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Ashley Naranjo

Freedom Day in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Interior, Spring, Mississippi Delta

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Fannie Lou Hamer

National Portrait Gallery

Fannie Lou Hamer (Flower Dress)

National Museum of African American History and Culture

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Ashley Naranjo

Ida B. Wells-Barnett

National Portrait Gallery

25c Ida B. Wells single

National Postal Museum

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Ashley Naranjo

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

National Portrait Gallery

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, interview

National Portrait Gallery

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Catalog of American Portraits

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Ashley Naranjo

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Ashley Naranjo

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Ashley Naranjo

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Ashley Naranjo

Untitled

National Museum of African American History and Culture

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Ashley Naranjo

Poster for presidential candidate Shirley Chisholm

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Pinback button for the Shirley Chisholm presidential campaign

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Pinback button for the Shirley Chisholm presidential campaign

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Pinback button endorsing Shirley Chisholm for President

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Unbought and Unbossed

National Museum of African American History and Culture

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Ashley Naranjo

Silent Spring, Rachel Carson, 1962

National Museum of American History

Rachel Louise Carson

National Portrait Gallery

17c Rachel Carson single

National Postal Museum

Rachel Louise Carson

National Portrait Gallery

Rachel Louise Carson (1907-1964)

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Remembering Rachel Carson on Earth Day

National Portrait Gallery

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Ashley Naranjo

Zitkala-Ša

National Portrait Gallery

Zitkala-sa

National Portrait Gallery

Zitkala Sa, Sioux Indian and activist

National Museum of American History

Zitkala Sa, Sioux Indian and activist

National Museum of American History

Zitkala Sa, Sioux Indian and activist

National Museum of American History

Zitkala-Sa portrait, Face-to-Face talk

National Portrait Gallery