The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum presents the new online exhibit “Women on Stamps: Part II” on its web site, at postalmuseum.si.edu/Women-on-Stamps-Part-2.
In celebration of women who have helped shaped the role of females in America, the museum is continuing its online display of stamps. “Women on Stamps: Part II” is the second in a series of four online exhibits that highlight the accomplishments of American women. Specifically, the collection features women who are pioneers in health, science, education, philanthropy, aviation and athletics. These women exemplify the characteristics of courage, fortitude, and persistence that aided them in gaining acceptance and recognition in male-dominated fields during times when they were considered inferior. Though faced with challenges, many of these women accomplished “firsts” in their chosen careers—from Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor, to Blanche Scott, the first female to fly solo. Other women, such as Clara Barton and Jane Addams, responded to the needs of others and founded organizations to improve the lives of underserved and subordinate populations.
The National Postal Museum is devoted to presenting the colorful and engaging history of the nation’s mail service and showcasing the largest and most comprehensive collection of stamps and philatelic material in the world. It is located at 2 Massachusetts Ave. N.E., in the Old City Post Office Building across from Union Station. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information visit the museum’s Web site at postalmuseum.si.edu.
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