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"Women's Work"

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This collection explores the conception of "women's work" and challenges users to think about whether such a phrase has meaning.

Teachers and students can use the collection in a number of ways: grouping or sorting the resources chronologically to explore change over time; writing definitions of "women's work" for different time periods; completing image or text analysis on individual resources; or researching women's contributions in a particular field.

This is a work-in-progress based on the digitized materials within the Smithsonian Learning Lab's collection--it is not meant to be wholly definitive or authoritative. In fact, this could be a point of discussion: what, or who, do you think is missing from this collection?

But Woman's Work Is Never Done

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Woman and Her Work

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Woman's Work, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Huswif

National Museum of American History

The House Maid, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Nurse Nancy

National Museum of American History

Untitled

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Factory Girl’s Song

National Museum of American History

Banner with motto of Oklahoma Federation of Colored Women's Clubs

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Phyllis Jones

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Nurse and Secretary to the Astronauts

National Air and Space Museum

Ride, Sally Kristen. [photograph]

National Air and Space Museum Archives

Flower to Teacher

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Teacher and children

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Indoor Portrait of a Woman Sitting and Two Women are Brushing her Hair

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Maya Angelou

National Portrait Gallery

"We Can Do It!"

National Museum of American History

1955 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon

National Museum of American History

The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

National Museum of American History

Hillary Clinton

National Portrait Gallery

Photographs of Women with Doctorates in Mathematics

National Museum of American History

Emma Reh (1896-1982)

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Remembering comedian Phyllis Diller

National Museum of American History

Women's Soccer World Cup jersey worn by Briana Scurry

National Museum of African American History and Culture