NWHM STATEMENT REGARDING DISSOLUTION OF SCHOLAR ADVISORY COUNCIL
In light of a changed legislative strategy, which calls for the formation of a Congressional Commission to produce a feasible plan for a national women's history museum that would include a review of the museum's organizational structure, NWHM chose to discontinue work on the Museum's exhibit plan while it awaits the Commission's determination and recommendations. As its Scholarly Advisory Councils were created to advise NWHM on the exhibits and programs that would exist in the physical museum, it was determined that the committees should be dissolved as well. Given the nature of this legislative strategy, conversations about the museum’s content at this time are premature. We are grateful for the time and dedication of the historians who volunteered to serve on the committees, and we continue to engage individual scholars on projects related to their specific areas of expertise within the women's history arena.
The dissolution of these committees certainly does not indicate a renunciation of the scholarly community. For example, our discussion series conducted in partnership with The George Washington University has included scholars in each of its 4 sessions to date (October 2013, November 2013, February 2014, March 2014). The feature story in our upcoming Spring Newsletter was written by a historian. In our first Google Connected Classroom last week, we connected a women’s studies professor and a middle school classroom for an enlightening discussion on the history of women and sports.
In lieu of a physical museum, we’ve worked to develop content for our website, which we constantly update based on the input of historians and other experts. The majority of the online exhibits were developed either by, or in consultation with, a historian, curator, and/or scholar. Where there are errors we’ve worked to correct them and where there are honest disagreements we’ve worked to incorporate diverse viewpoints. We are committed to representing the wide range of women’s experiences. Click here to browse our diverse array of online exhibits and click here to see the variety of women from U.S. history that we feature on our social media channels.
The good news is that almost everyone agrees that a National Women’s History Museum ought to be built. We are delighted with the great momentum behind our legislation and confident that a world-class museum honoring the remarkable achievements of women and their invaluable contributions to society will soon grace our nation’s capital.