Girlhood (It's complicated) commemorates the anniversary of woman suffrage by exploring the concept of girlhood in the United States, but also how girls changed history in five areas: politics, education, work, health, and fashion. We argue that girlhood has an unexpected and complicated history and that girls, like suffragists, used their voices to make a difference.
A “New Perspectives” feature story from the exhibit is the life of Virginia Lee Mead, a second-generation Chinese American, who was born in 1922. She grew up in the bustling ethnic enclave of New York City's Chinatown between the 1920s and 1940s.
Read Virginia's story and see artifacts from her childhood
Image credit: Graphic courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution