Recent News

NWHM COALITION SENDS LETTER TO SENATE

     On November 18, NWHM sent a letter to the Senate urging them to cosponsor and pass S 2129. The letter was signed by members of NWHM's National Coalition. To read the letter, please click here.

S 2129 INTRODUCED IN SENATE

     On October 29, 2009, Senator Susan Collins reintroduced legislation for the National Women's History Museum Act. The bill was introduced with 19 cosponsors, including Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Patty Murray (D-WA), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and George Voinovich (R-OH). Click here to read the bill.

NWHM UNVEILS NEW CYBEREXHIBIT

     On October 22, 2009, NWHM unveiled a new cyberexhibit, Leaving Their Stamp on History. The exhibit chronicles the first 75 years of US stamps and features the 26 women who were featured on them from 1893 to 1968. Click here to view the exhibit.

HR 1700 PASSES IN HOUSE

     On October 14, 2009, HR 1700 passed in the House Floor on a voice vote. The bill will soon be reintroduced in the Senate. NWHM thanks the bill sponsor, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, for all of her hard work.

HR 1700 PASSES IN HOUSE COMMITTEE

     On September 24, 2009, HR 1700 passed in the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure by a voice vote. The bill directs the General Services Administration (GSA) to sell its old Cotton Annex property on the Mall at 12th and Independence to the museum at fair-market rates. The museum would be built and maintained with private funds.

NWHM UNVEILS NEW LESSON PLANS

     NWHM is pleased to announce that new lesson plans, tailored for the CyberExhibits, have been added. Plans have been added for: Chinese American Women, Building the New World: Women of Jamestown, Partners in Winning the War: Women of WWII, Young and Brave: Girls Changing History, First But Not Last: Women Who Ran For President, and This Isn't Right: Women Reform Leaders. Click here to view the lesson plans.

NWHM COALITION SENDS LETTER TO CONGRESS

     On July 6, 2009, members of the NWHM Coalition sent a letter to Congress, urging them to cosponsor and pass the National Women's History Museum Act of 2009. Click here to read the letter.

6TH GRADE CLASS CREATES RADIO SPOT FOR NWHM

     Word of NWHM is traveling fast!  Theresa Buczek's 6th grade class at Winburn Middle School in Lexington, KY urges Congress to support our efforts. Click here to listen to their radio spot.

NWHM DEBUTS NEW CYBEREXHIBIT "THIS ISN'T RIGHT!: WOMEN REFORM LEADERS"

     NWHM unveiled a new exhibit, This Isn't Right!: Women Reform Leaders, showcasing the Museum's first permanent collection. It portrays women who had the moral courage and intellectual bravery to think independently and to stand up when they were told to sit down.

NWHM DEBUTS BLOG

     On March 26, 2009, NWHM debuted a blog to inform the general public of NWHM's initiatives and to provide a forum for visitors to discuss women's history. Click here to read the blog.

NWHM HOSTS CONGRESSIONAL RECEPTION

On March 25, 2009, NWHM hosted a Congressional Reception at the Capitol Visitor Center. At the event, Representative Carolyn Maloney (our bill sponsor in the House), spoke to NWHM members about the legislation. Author Kirstin Downey also spoke about her new book entitled “The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor and his Moral Conscience.”

AUTHOR KIRSTIN DOWNEY SPEAKS ABOUT HER NEW BOOK ON FRANCES PERKINS

Frances Perkins book cover

     Amazingly, most Americans have forgotten her name, and even some historians have overlooked her importance, but as the first woman to be appointed to a cabinet level position, Frances Perkins was one of the most important social reformers in U.S. history.      At NWHM's Congressional Reception on March 25, 2009, Kirstin Downey, an award-winning journalist for the Washington Post for 20 years, discussed her new biography of Frances Perkins, “The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor and his Moral Conscience,” a work completed after almost a decade of research that sought to plumb the secrets of Frances Perkins’s success.      One of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s closest friends, and the first female secretary of labor, Perkins capitalized on the president’s political savvy and popularity to enact most of the Depression-era programs that are today considered essential parts of the country’s social safety network. Her legacy is vast: the 40-hour workweek, the minimum wage, the nationwide unemployment insurance program, the growth of the American labor movement, the federal abolition of child labor and the creation of Social Security.      Frances Perkins enacted her program systematically and comprehensively, as part of a lifelong plan she began envisioning as a young woman, when she had the single shocking and transformative experience of witnessing the Triangle Shirtwaist fire in Manhattan in 1911. A passionate woman with a wide network of famous friends, Perkins did much of her most important work while juggling complex responsibilities as a wife and mother.     Downey's book illuminates the life of Frances Perkins, a woman who should not have been forgotten, but who is truly unforgettable.

NWHM PRESIDENT JOAN WAGES HONORED BY LIFETIME TELEVISION

     On March 20, 2009, NWHM President Joan Wages was honored by Lifetime Television as part of its Remarkable Women series. Click here to view the video.

NWHM DEBUTS FIRST PERMANENT EXHIBIT

On March 9, 2009, NWHM launched its first permanent exhibit, entitled "This Isn't Right!" Women Reform Leaders 1847-1952. The exhibit, donated by Robert and Jeanne Schramm of West Virginia, is now available to be viewed, Monday-Friday, by appointment only. Please call 703-461-1920 or email to set up a time. A CyberExhibit of the items is available here.

NWHM NATIONAL ADVISOR BECKY SCHERGENS HONORED

Becky Schergens

Becky Schergens was honored by the Section for Women in Public Administration as the 2009 Joan Fiss Bishop Award winner. This is awarded to an individual who, by example and action, has promoted increased participation of women in the public service profession, exhibits a defined contribution to increased involvement in the public sector, innovative leadership and accomplished professionalism in the individual's own public service career, and commitment to the public administration profession through membership in American Society for Public Administration. Click here to read more.