Arago: Exhibits


Women’s Stamp on History

United States Master Collection, Scott 244, Colombian Exposition

Queen Isabella I was the first woman to appear on a U.S. postage stamp in 1893.

Stamps provide an opportunity to learn about the nation’s past, each stamp commemorating important events and people in our history. Beginning with the first image of a woman on a stamp in 1893, the United States has issued hundreds of postage stamps honoring the accomplishments and achievements of women in America.

Many women have left their ‘stamp’ on history. This featured collection is the first in a series focusing on the accomplishments of women featured on stamps. In Women on Stamps Part 1, we acknowledge the efforts of pioneering women and early government leaders who entered previously unexplored territories - from the frontier to the Senate floor. In each place they left behind an indelible mark.

The actions of women such as Martha Washington, Sacajawea, Sojourner Truth and Susan B. Anthony provided a foundation upon which others could build. Despite challenges, the achievements of these women influenced later generations, empowering them to effect change. Their triumphs allow all Americans today the opportunity to exercise their rights and achieve their dreams.