Behind Girlhood (It’s Complicated) – A Conversation with the Curators of the National Museum of American History Exhibition

Colorful illustration showing various young women taking part in activities

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When: 04/22/2021 at 1:00pm-2:15pm EST Where: Zoom

Join us for a conversation with the curators of the exhibition Girlhood (It’s Complicated), currently shown at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian. This large exhibition explores the history of girlhood in the United States and it’s complicated! Through various themes, stories and artifacts, the exhibition captures the complexity of what it means to be a girl and a woman over time and space. 

Our speakers will share their experiences curating and designing this exhibition and the choices behind the six themes of: News and Politics, Education, Work, Wellness, Fashion and A Girl’s Life. 

The exhibition will tour the country through the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service from 2023 through 2025.

More information: Girlhood (It’s Complicated) 

This Program is presented by Gender+ Justice Initiative and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.


Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Professor of History and African American Studies, Georgetown University


Dr. Mireya Loza, Curator and Associate Professor of History, Georgetown University

Dr. Kathleen Franz, Curator Division of Work and Industry, National Museum of American History 

Dr. Nancy Bercaw, Curator and Chair of the Political History Division, National Museum of American History 

Dr. Sam Vong, Curator of Asian Pacific American History, National Museum of American History