Pioneering Hmong women have risen to leadership roles in their families, in their communities, and for themselves. These courageous women overcame the Secret War, leading, surviving and moving their families to safety. Some, forced to on their own as the men were torn away from their families to fight in the war. Others took advantage of opportunities to become nurses or interpreters. They faced changing family and gender dynamics as they made their journey through refugee camps and migrated to a new country. In addition to adapting to their new home in America, Hmong women struggled with cultural norms which were often at odds with their new roles in America.
These stories showcase the path paved for younger Hmong women and honor these Pioneer’s achievements and contributions to American history.