The Antonia Suardi collection showcases the creative independence and activism of embroidery.
Stories of women's aspirations, support for one another and hidden power
Suits for women, designed by women: questioning the status quo through fashion
Kimono's social history represents a unique cultural exchange between Japan and Europe
Pioneered by designer Madeleine Vionnet, bias cut fashion turned a technical innovation into curvaceous silhouettes
Declaring feminine willpower through fashion, Elsa Schiaparelli is one of fashion history's most renowned personalities.
Discover the changing silhouettes of women's fashion in the 20th century.
Bridal dresses in traditional Greek culture are colourful, rich and varied.
How Dutch women turned post-war upcycling into a symbol of female solidarity
A female fashion family affair. Callot Soeurs was one of the most influential fashion houses of the 20th century.
Active in the Dutch reform dress movement, Marie-Jeanette de Lange left a legacy on female fashion and society
For centuries, women have worn corsets as part of their wardrobes, despite becoming less popular during the 20th century
Literature & writers
Female literacy during the Middle Ages was surprisingly high and many women encouraged reading and learning.
Meet the female authors and illustrators who brought the fairy tale to life
Serbia’s first feminist author: a writer and traveller who led a remarkable life
Writer, republican, literary theoretician and philosopher.
Learn about the life of the Swedish author and activist who wrote beloved children's books.
Meet the women who taught Europe to cook.
Travelling in our minds with books, like Selma Lagerlöf's The Wonderful Adventures of Nils
World War I diaries of a journalist and novelist who was Italy's first female newspaper editor
Read about female characters in European literature who broke the mould.
van Schurman was a humanist, writer, and poet in the 17th Century. Se was the first female Dutch university student.
Meet 'the Queen of Montmartre', the French can-can dancer at the Moulin Rouge in Paris
Beloved Italian entertainment icon: a singer, dancer, actor and television star
Clémentine Delait was a French bearded lady who found fame in the early 20th century
Learn about the Austrian ballerina, one of the finest dancers of the Romantic era
From Hollywood glamour to the Siberian gulag, explore this Lithuanian actor and director's life
The first Danish ballerina to became internationally famous and pursue a ballet career
Alice Guy-Blaché was a cinema pioneer: the first female film director and the first woman to run her own studio
Hugely talented Swedish opera singer who enjoyed worldwide fame in the mid-19th century
Singer-songwriter and advocate for the rights of Black people across the world
From Folies Bergère to Order of Saint Dominic - the incredible story of one woman: a courtesan, a princess and a saint
Lesbian entrepreneur, actress, singer and 'the most painted woman in the world
Swedish jazz singer and actress Monica Zetterlund’s long career lasted for several decades.
Society & politics
Her passion for revolution and justice sent shockwaves through German society
Activist, feminist, politician and Holocaust survivor, whose life reflects high and low points of the 20th century
Browse the collections of Atria, an Amsterdam-based institute on gender equality and women's history
What visual representations of women working tell us about women’s history
African-American political activist, philosopher and author combatting racism, sexism and homophobia
Long before the home office was invented, working at home was already commonplace for one group within society: women.
Women's work has long been overlooked, raising questions of equality, rights and work-life balance.
How many statues in your hometown represent women?
Political pioneer who was a leader in the fight for Ireland’s independence
Learn about pioneering American ornithologists and their early environmental activism
Gallery of propaganda images for sport events where women had to confront idealised stereotypes of their bodies.
Icon of Czech gymnastics who subtly protested Soviet invasion at the 1968 Olympics
Champion figure skater who was the first Dutch gold medal winner at the Winter Olympic Games
Champion tennis player in the 1920s who won Olympic medals and Wimbledon titles
Norwegian figure skater who has won more Olympic and World titles than any other female figure skater
Explore archive photographs of sporting activities at a girls school in Dublin
Table tennis world champions from Vienna
A special exhibition on eight remarkable European women in the arts, sciences and society.
Discover the stories of pioneering female archaeologists from across Europe
The famous scientist is remembered for her discoveries and pioneering research on radioactivity.
Aletta Jacobs was one of the women involved in fighting for suffrage who had a profound impact on Dutch society.
Born Elisa Leonida in 1887, this pioneer had engineering in her blood.
Contributed to the bird welfare movement of the 19th century by protesting against Victorian taxidermy fashion
Self-taught scientist leading research at the margin of the male-dominated sphere of formal academic associations.
First female associate member of the American Ornithologists’ Union and an activist against the plumage trade
Explore the art of a 19th century Austrian Impressionist who was known for landscape studies
Explore photographs by pioneering women photographers from across Europe
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is a role model for generations of artists, bisexual women and people with disabilities.
Celebrating artworks by a selection of significant female artists from across Europe and throughout history
Exploring public art in Dublin by three female sculptors
How Art Nouveau reflects women’s changing roles and status in the late 19th century.
British botanist and photographer, Anna Atkins was a pioneer in photography and cyanotypes
Maria Sibylla Merian was born in Frankfurt in 1647 and raised in a family of artists.
Italian Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola was the first female artist to achieve international recognition
Learning scenarios about women
A Learning Scenario on why girls often refrain from taking up education in STEM fields. One of the reasons is the lack of inspiration and role models.
In this learning scenario learn how the position of women in the labour market has changed significantly over the centuries. Discover how women transcended traditional roles associated with household work and domestic tasks.
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How Swede Beda Hallberg battled a pandemic with small paper flowers
How Charles stole Lizzie’s idea and made his fortune
From earth goddess festival to family feast - did you know that Mother’s Day has its roots in ancient traditions?
Discover the history of the Singer company and their world-changing sewing machines.
Christina of Sweden was one of the most learned women and benefactors in Rome.
The Fàbrica Gròber textile factory is a landmark of Girona history even today, 40 years after its closure.
It is hard to imagine that a little over a century ago, women were discouraged from riding their bicycles.
The Women's Peace Party was founded in 1915 as a reaction to the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914.