Sylvia Drake and Charity Bryant overcame many challenges to become pioneers of LGBTQ+ visibility in the United States.
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/
Sally Hemings was an enslaved woman who had several children with Founding Father Thomas Jefferson. Her story of agency and eventual emancipation remains an inspiration.
The story of a Tongva woman named Toypurina who led a rebellion against a Spanish mission in Alta California.
Mary Church Terrell was a lifelong activist who advocated for suffrage and equal rights.
The story of Harriet Robinson Scott who challenged slavery in the highest court in the United States.
The story of how an enslaved woman, Sojourner Truth, became one of the most important social justice activists in American history.
The story of transgender activist, Marsha P. Johnson, who dedicated her life to LGBTQ+ rights.
How free Black women in Spanish Louisiana turned an oppressive headscarf law into a celebration of individuality and culture.
How two wives of New Amsterdam council members opened negotiations with English invaders and saved New Amsterdam from total destruction.
Catalina Trico was a young trailblazer and the first European mother in what would become New York State.