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She Changed the World: North Carolina Women Breaking Barriers

About the Initiative

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote. Despite decades of marches, petitions, and passage of the 19th Amendment, it did not grant voting rights for all. The ongoing fight for equity continues today.

“She Changed the World: NC Women Breaking Barriers,” an initiative by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, celebrates the achievements of North Carolina women and explores the diversity of their experiences and impact on our history.

We invite you to join us by sharing your story with #SheChangedtheWorld and #NCHerstory.

For questions or more information, please contact:

Kaytee Smith
Chief Content Officer 

Video Spotlight: Ella Baker

Called "the mother of the Civil Rights movement," Ella Baker helped organize the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and rose to director of branches for the NAACP, taking on traditionally male roles.


North Carolina Women Spotlight

Online Resources

NC Women Collection on Flickr

Women in North Carolina 20th Century History

Women in North Carolina Library Guide

Programs and Events

Western North Carolina

Western North Carolina

May 18. Women on the Farm at Horne Creek Farm 

September 12-13. Symposium: Women in Western North Carolina. Vance Birthplace/Wolfe Memorial Keynote on the evening of the 12th. Symposium on 13th from 9:00-4:00.  Free.

Piedmont North Carolina

Piedmont North Carolina

May 4. Born at Duke Homestead at Duke Homestead. 10:00am-4:00pm. Fee.

May 18. Year of the Woman Lecture Series: Julia Alexander at James K. Polk State Historic Site. 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free.

May 29. What the Land Witnessed: Connecting the 'Soul-Soil' of a Diverse People through the Power of Place and True Inclusion presented by Michelle Lanier. Raleigh, NC. 11:30 a.m. Free. 

June 8. Women of War at Bentonville Battlefield. Free

June 20Archaeology at the Pauli Murray House presented by Dr. Anna Agbe-Davies. Raleigh, NC. 11:00 a.m. Free. 

August 3. Female Spies in the Civil War at CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center. Fee (Pre-registration Required.)

September 7. She Changed the World Kick-off Event. Raleigh, NC. 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Free

November 16. Year of the Woman Lecture Series: Catawba Women at James K. Polk State Historic Site. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free.  

Eastern North Carolina

Eastern North Carolina

September 3 - September 28 Traveling Exhibit: Women Making History at Historic Edenton 

October 12. World War II Living History Program at Fort Fisher State Historic Site. 10:00am – 4:00pm. Free.

October 25. Cooking in the Bonner Kitchen at Historic Bath. 10:00am-4:00pm. Free.

Sponsored in-part by

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina      North Carolina Zoo Society   


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