WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonians National Postal Museum
presents the new online exhibit Women on Stamps: Part II on its award-winning Web site, Arago
In celebration of women who have helped shaped the role of females in America, the museum is continuing its online display of stamps. Women on Stamps: Part II is the second in a series of four online exhibits that highlight the accomplishments of American women. Specifically, the collection features women who are pioneers in health, science, education, philanthropy, aviation and athletics. These women exemplify the characteristics of courage, fortitude, and persistence that aided them in gaining acceptance and recognition in male-dominated fields during times when they were considered inferior. Though faced with challenges, many of these women accomplished firsts in their chosen careersfrom Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor, to Blanche Scott, the first female to fly solo. Other women, such as Clara Barton and Jane Addams, responded to the needs of others and founded organizations to improve the lives of underserved and subordinate populations.
Arago is dedicated to the online presentation of the museums vast collections and contains high-resolution images and associated stories presented by curators, expert volunteer researchers, museum staff and guest writers. Since the image of a woman first appeared on a U.S. postage stamp in 1893, the U.S. Postal Service has represented female politicians, social activists, educators, artists, business women and performers on more than 200 stamps.