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Because Of Her Story

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Because Of Her Story

To create a more equitable and just American society, Because of Her Story seeks to deepen our knowledge and appreciation of women’s contributions to American society. Drawing on the Smithsonian’s unique and vast resources, the initiative strives share complete and compelling story of women in America.

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Because Of Her Story's collections

 

Women and Activism: Queen Liliʻuokalani Conversation Kit

<p></p> <p>Lydia Liliʻu Loloku Waiania Kamakaʻeha (1838-1917), better known as Queen Liliʻuokalani, was the Hawaiian Kingdom’s only reigning queen and last monarch before the overthrow of the sovereign state. <br /></p> <p><strong>Driving Questions</strong>: How do legacies of activists influence modern-day issues? Why is it important to learn about critical issues impacting people in communities far from your own? </p> <p></p>
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Four Women Who Made American History

<p>Because of Her Story presents a YouTube miniseries where students speak with Smithsonian curators about four women who shaped American history and culture.</p> <p>These videos were created for a middle school audience and above.</p> <p>See more YouTube videos from the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoSEWJALEO0&amp;list=PLL71NEDhCwbF6x7PE0kt2mh3ubTog5y_L"></a><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoSEWJALEO0&amp;list=PLL71NEDhCwbF6x7PE0kt2mh3ubTog5y_L">Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative, Because of Her Story.</a> #BecauseOfHerStory</p>
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How Did Mia Hamm Inspire More Women to Play Sports?

<p>Mia Hamm helped popularize soccer in the U.S. and inspire a new generation of athletes.</p> <p>Because of Her Story presents a YouTube miniseries where students speak with Smithsonian curators about four women who shaped American history and culture. In <strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAWNzzbeNbM">How Did Mia Hamm Inspire More Women to Play Sports?</a>,</strong> Kamau, a student, speaks with Eric Jentsch, curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, about Hamm's legacy.</p> <p>See more YouTube videos from the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoSEWJALEO0&amp;list=PLL71NEDhCwbF6x7PE0kt2mh3ubTog5y_L"></a><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoSEWJALEO0&amp;list=PLL71NEDhCwbF6x7PE0kt2mh3ubTog5y_L">Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative, Because of Her Story.</a> #BecauseOfHerStory<br /></p>
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Women in Sports: Cindy Whitehead’s GN4LW Skateboard Conversation Kit Resources

<p>A skateboarding pioneer, Cindy Whitehead turned pro at seventeen, skating both pool and half-pipe and becoming one of the top-ranked vert skaters while competing against the boys—something girls were not doing in the mid-1970s. But Whitehead had no choice but to wear boys’ shorts when competing; there were no skate products for girls in the 1970s.</p> <p>She changed that in 2013 with her girl-empowered brand Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word (GN4LW). Whitehead is especially supportive of young female skaters through the GN4LW skate team and products which are geared towards women and girls.   </p> <p>Whitehead’s signature phrase printed in gold on many of the GN4LW products personifies her independent spirit, "Live life balls to the wall. Do epic sh*t. Take every dare that comes your way. You can sleep when you’re dead."  </p> <p><br /></p> <p>This Learning Lab collection contains artifacts and resources that support the Conversation Kit on Cindy Whitehead's GN4LW Skateboard as part of the Smithsonian's American Women's History Initiative. #BecauseOfHerStory</p>
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