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Women and the American Story

Produced in partnership with the New York Historical Society, this series on Women in the American Story illuminates diverse women’s contributions to the American past. You can visit the WAMS project here: https://wams.nyhistory.org/

Changunak Antisarlook: The Reindeer Queen

She was known as the Reindeer Queen – and one of the richest women in Alaska. So how did Changunak Antisarlook use her remarkable wealth to benefit the Inupiat community?

At a time when Apache men and women followed specific gender roles, Lozen defied convention – to become one of the finest warriors in the tribe’s history.

Sold into slavery by her parents, Polly Bemis faced discrimination as a Chinese immigrant in America – but became something of a pioneer of the West.

Dolley Madison: The First First Lady

As the host of unrivalled skill, First Lady Dolley Madison brought the US political elite together by throwing the best parties Washington, DC had ever seen.

Sacagawea: Intrepid Indigenous Explorer

Native American interpreter Sacagawea was the only woman on Lewis and Clark’s expedition into the West. She played a vital role, but was subsequently forgotten.