Our mission is to tell the stories of women’s achievements and contributions that have been left out of the narratives of United States history. By restoring the historical narrative, we intend to help change the underlying societal perspectives about women in our country.
Carlotta Walls LaNier
The youngest of the Little Rock Nine, she was also the first female African-American graduate of the formerly all white Central High School in Arkansas.
Ledbetter sued the Goodyear company for equal pay. Her case went to the Supreme Court, and led to legislation that helps protect all women from discriminatory pay practices.
Huerta founded United Farm Workers and fought for better conditions for farmworkers. founded United Farm Workers. She won the Congressional Medal of Freedom in 2012.
This Chinese-American Scientist did ground-breaking work in nuclear physics. Shiung Wu was passed over for the Nobel Prize, which was given to her male peers for the same work.
Women are largely missing in the telling of history. Studies of middle and high school curricula find that even the most inclusive textbooks contain at most, only 10% about women’s role in history. In another telling statistic, of the 5,000 public statues of historical figures in the US, only 400 are of women. Until now, generation after generation did not learn about women’s contributions in school, and significant representations of important women have simply been absent in our public sphere.
The American HerStory Project aims to fill in the blanks by delivering powerful new narratives revealing women’s roles in shaping our history, providing the momentum for a cultural shift in the way women’s contributions and place in society are understood.
THE TIME IS NOW
We are living in a new era of feminism. Women have a stronger voice than ever before and their demand for a more equal world is creating a new age for women and girls. As we are inspired and energized by this wave of activism, we find ourselves asking “what’s next”?
We believe the movement needs to establish roots to truly take hold; roots that can be found in the American HerStory project.
The stories of women throughout our country’s history will provide a bedrock of stories and information to help focus today’s new energy and momentum. We will restore the historical narrative, giving life and voice to women’s stories – profound reference points for all of society to understand the past in order to redefine the future. This is the moment for women to take their place as true equals in society and to be welcomed as such.
“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
Rosa Parks, Civil Rights Activist
“Each time a girl opens a book and finds a womanless history, she learns she is worth less.”
Myra Pollack Sadker, Educator
“The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up.”
Serena Williams, Professional Tennis Player
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead, Cultural Anthropologist
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