10 Iconic Spots Celebrating Women's History in the U.S.

The United States is filled with monuments, exhibits and historical sites commemorating the impact women have had on the nation's history. From New Mexico to upstate New York, here are 10 places dedicated to celebrating the strides women have made over time.
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Why is March Women's History Month? In 1980, President Jimmy Carter designated March 2-8 as National Women's History Week. Over time, that week has expanded into an entire month of commemorating women of the past and present.

Though it is celebrated elsewhere in the world, in the United States alone there are dozens of monuments, museums and historical sites that give visitors a glimpse into important historical moments, from the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, which celebrates the history of women in the American West, to the site of the first women's rights convention.

Beyond March, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which ensured a women's right to vote. While some sites are more known than others, from coast to coast the U.S. is filled with numerous places to explore the impact women have had on the nation's history. Here are a few to add to your next cross-country itinerary.

Sacajawea Center, Salmon, Idaho
The Sacajawea Center, named for the young woman who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their expedition across the West, provides visitors with opportunities to learn more about those explorers, the Agai Dika Gathering of the Shoshone-Bannock tribes (the tribes Sacajawea was born into) and Western frontier life. The park is filled with opportunities to broaden your knowledge about this important part of American history and the remarkable woman who was crucial in making it happen.
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