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Girlhood (It’s complicated) – Exhibit Through January 15, 2024

January 15, 2024 All day

Taft Theatre

Free Admission

Girlhood (It's complicated)

Girls’ history is American history in new exhibition, Girlhood (It’s complicated), at Cincinnati Museum Center, opening October 14.

Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) is showing why girls’ history is American history. A new featured exhibition opening this Saturday showcases the strength and resilience of girls everywhere. Girlhood (It’s complicated) features nearly 200 artifacts from the Smithsonian to reflect the diversity of girls’ experiences and tell the stories of girls who have challenged the status quo, who have been on the front line of social change, and who have made history. In the process, it provides a fresh perspective for our shared American experience. Girlhood (It’s complicated) opens on October 14.

About Exhibit

The definition of girlhood has changed and continues to change over time. Girlhood (It’s complicated) looks at several factors that influence girlhood and how it is defined across social, economic and racial groups.

The exhibition explores how girls have changed history in five areas: news and politics, education, work, wellness and fashion. In doing so, Girlhood tells the stories of young women including Minnijean Brown, who walked alongside eight other Black students to desegregate Little Rock’s Central High School as one of the Little Rock Nine, and Naomi Wadler, who led the 2018 March for Our Lives rally in Washington, DC. It also introduces skateboarder Cindy Whitehead and the impact of Title IX on girls’ athletics, and Veronica Mendez and how coming of age ceremonies like quinceañeras can be an opportunity to challenge societal expectations.

Girlhood includes incredible artifacts spanning two centuries. A makeup table from 1820 and a 1900s gym suit are featured alongside a 1958 dress worn by Brown, as well as Wadler’s yellow knit scarf that features so prominently in photos of her speaking at the March for Our Lives rally in 2018. Among the exhibition’s historic videos are footage of student-led school walkouts and a compilation of U.S. government-produced sex education films from 1919 to 1957.

The exhibition design is inspired by magazines and zines (self-published magazines) that have been written for and by girls. It features murals and illustrations by artist Krystal Quiles based on historic photos.

Girlhood (It's complicated)

Museum Admission

Includes Cincinnati History Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, and The Children’s Museum.

  • Adult: $22.50
  • Senior: $15.50
  • Child: $15.50
  • Member: Free

Local Organizations

CMC is also featuring stories and information from local organizations to provide a regional perspective on girlhood and a library of resources for guests before, during and after their visit. Among the organizations included are Central Ohio Women in the Trades, CMC’s Youth ProgramsGirl Scouts of Western OhioGirls on the RunGirls RockLighthouse Youth & Family Services, the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity CenterRegional Youth LeadershipRobert O’Neal Multicultural Arts Center and Saturday Hoops.

Cincinnati Museum Center

Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized, award-winning institution housed in a National Historic Landmark. CMC is a vital community resource that sparks curiosity, inspiration, epiphany and dialogue. CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012, one of a select few museums in the nation to receive both honors.

Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History MuseumMuseum of Natural History & ScienceThe Children’s MuseumRobert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® TheaterCincinnati History Library and Archives and the Geier Collections and Research Center.

Housed in historic Union Terminal – a National Historic Landmark restored in 2018 and recognized as the nation’s 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects – CMC welcomes more than 1.8 million visits annually, making it one of the most visited museums in the country. For more information, visit

Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum

The Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum expands the story of America through the often-untold accounts and accomplishments of women — individually and collectively — to better understand our past and inspire our future.

We inspire the next generation to create a more equitable world through new scholarship, diverse viewpoints, and innovative forms of exhibition, storytelling, and participation.

Women’s history is American history. This is the story of America.

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