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2023: Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories

Throughout 2023, the NWHA will encourage recognition of women, past and present, who have been active in all forms of media and storytelling including print, radio, TV, stage, screen, blogs, podcasts, and more. The timely theme honors women in every community who have devoted their lives and talents to producing art, pursuing truth, and reflecting the human condition decade after decade.

From the earliest storytellers through pioneering journalists, our experiences have been captured by a wide variety of artists and teachers. These include authors, songwriters, scholars, playwrights, performers, and grandmothers throughout time. Women have long been instrumental in passing on our heritage in word and in print to communicate the lessons of those who came before us. Women’s stories, and the larger human story, expand our understanding and strengthen our connections with each other.

As in previous years, the Alliance, which is centered in Santa Rosa, California, will encourage local communities throughout the country to use the year’s theme to guide their own celebrations. The NWHA will popularize national efforts through online celebrations, a special magazine, and thematic products that recognize and honor these brave, accomplished, and influential women who told – and continue to tell – our stories. Today and over the years ahead, their dedication and shared desire to give voice to the voiceless are critical to keeping us informed, entertained, and aware.

Unladylike 2020 – collection of 26 animated documentaries about women who changed America

Colorful Painting of Grace Abbott

Grace Abbott

Social Work Pioneer & Champion of Children, Immigrant, and Women’s Rights.


Colorful painting of Charlotta Bass

Charlotta Spears Bass

Newspaper Editor, Civil Rights Crusader & First African American Women Vice Presidential Candidate


Colorful painting of Gladys Bentley

Gladys Bentley

Gender-Bending Harlem Renaissance Performer and Musician


Colorful painting of Zitkála-Šá/Gertrude Simmons Bonnie

Zitkála-Šá/Gertrude Simmons Bonnin

Composer, Author & Indigenous Rights Activist


Colorful painting of Louise Arner Boyd

Louise Arner Boyd

First Woman to Lead Arctic Expeditions


Colorful painting of Martha Hughes Cannon

Martha Hughes Cannon

First Woman State Senator & Public Health Pioneer


Colorful painting of Sonora Webster Carver

Sonora Webster Carver

Daredevil Equestrian & Advocate For the Blind


Colorful painting of Margaret Chung

Margaret Chung

First American-Born Chinese Female Doctor


Colorful painting of Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman

First African American Woman Aviator


Colorful painting of Gertrude Ederle

Gertrude Ederle

First Woman to Swim the English Channel


Colorful painting of Williamina Fleming

Williamina Fleming

Trailblazing Astronomer and Discoverer of Stars


Colorful painting of Meta Warrick Fuller

Meta Warrick Fuller

Trailblazing Sculptor & First African American Woman Recipient of Federal Art Commission


Colorful Painting of Lillian Gilbreth

Lillian Moller Gilbreth

Pioneering Inventor & Industrial Engineer


Colorful painting of Jovita Idar

Jovita Idar

Educator, Journalist, Suffragist & Civil Rights Activist


Colorful painting of Sissieretta Jones

Sissieretta Jones

Opera Star & First African American Woman to Headline Concert at Carnegie Hall


Colorful painting of Queen Lili‘uokalani

Queen Lili‘uokalani

First Sovereign Queen and Last Monarch of Hawai‘i


Colorful painting of Annie Smith Peck

Annie Smith Peck

Record-Breaking Mountaineer, Suffragist & Educator


Colorful painting of Susan La Flesche Picotte

Susan La Flesche Picotte

First American Indian Physician


Colorful painting of Ynés Mexía

Ynés Mexía

Accomplished Latina Botanist


Colorful painting of Jeannette Rankin

Jeannette Rankin

Suffragist, Peace Activist & First Woman Member of Congress


Colorful painting of Rose Schneiderman

Rose Schneiderman

Pioneering Labor Organizer & Suffragist


Colorful painting of Tye Leung Schuize

Tye Leung Schulze

Advocate for Trafficked Women & First Chinese American Woman Federal Government Employee


Colorful painting of Mary Church Terrell

Mary Church Terrell

Educator, Suffragist, Civil Rights Activist & Co-Founder of the NAACP


Colorful painting of Maggie Lena Walker

Maggie Lena Walker

Entrepreneur & First African American Woman Bank President


Colorful painting of Lois Weber

Lois Weber

Actor, Screenwriter & First Woman to Direct a Feature-Length Film


Colorful painting of Anna May Wong

Anna May Wong

Trendsetting Movie Star and Fashion Icon


The events are Women’s History Month events are sponsored by Sociology Professor Kathleen French. Please contact her at for more information.