Explore "Girlhood (It's Complicated)" with Smithsonian Open Access

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Brightly colored graphic drawing of 5 main girls posing, reading a book, skateboarding, harvesting carrots, and protesting

The long-anticipated exhibition, Girlhood: (It’s Complicated), launched online to worldwide audiences on October 9, 2020. The launch event included performances and remarks from an inspiring line-up including: Little Rock Nine member and school desegregation icon, Minnijean Brown-Trickey; Founder and CEO of Girls Computing, Kavya Kopparapu; singer/songwriter Tayla Parx and transgender advocate Jazz Jennings.

The opening was delayed due to the pandemic, however, it has only increased in relevance as social justice, environmental, and education issues gain prominence in the national conversation, one which is often led by girls. Girlhood highlights how girls have always shaped American history and culture, and thanks to the work of the Smithsonian’s 3D team, you can experience some of the remarkable garments in the exhibit—some of which are open access—up-close from home, right down to the stitching:


If you’re local to Washington, D.C., check out the exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Girlhood: (It’s Complicated) was supported by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.

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