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NWHM STATEMENT REGARDING DISSOLUTION OF SCHOLAR ADVISORY COUNCIL

Updated: April 8, 2014


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.
 

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In 2011, NWHM convened three meetings with scholars from across the country for guidance on Phase I of the Museum’s interpretive plan for the physical building. The scholars were invited based on a wide-range of expertise in women’s history and their ethnic and geographical diversity. Meetings were conducted by Ralph Appelbaum Associates, a world-renowned museum program design firm, and held in Washington, DC, Raleigh, NC at Duke University and at the University of California at Irvine.

 

The following scholars participated in the meetings:

1. Professor Teresa Murphy (George Washington University)
2. Professor Jennifer Thigpen (Washington State University)
3. Professor Stephanie Cole (University of Texas - Arlington)
4. Professor Juliana Barr (University of Florida)
5. Professor Marjorie Spruill (University of South Carolina)
6. Professor Eileen Boris (University of California - Santa Barbara)
7. Professor Kathryn K. Sklar (SUNY-Binghamton)
8. Professor Jean Pfaelzer (University of Delaware)
9. Professor Laura Edwards (Duke University)
10. Professor Vicki Ruiz (University of California - Irvine)
11. Professor Sally McMillen (Davidson College)
12. Professor Susan Strasser (University of Delaware)
13. Professor Rebecca Plant (UC San Diego)
14. Professor Bonnie Morris (George Washington University)
15. Professor Stephanie Camp (University of Washington)
16. Professor Catherine Allgor (University of California - Riverside, Director of Education at the Huntington Library)
17. Professor Sonya Michel (University of Maryland)
18. Professor Anne F. Scott (Duke University)
19. Professor Thavolia Glymph (Duke University)



 

NWHM has partnered with both the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the George Washington University to offer lectures on women's history. The following scholars have participated:
1. Dr. Marjorie Spruill (University of South Carolina): Women's Rights, Family Values, and the Polarization of American Politics – April 8, 2011
2. Dr. Vicki Ruiz (UC Irvine): Why Latino/a History Matters to US History – October 18, 2011
3. Dr. Thavolia Glymph (Duke University): African American Women Refugees in the Civil War – November 17, 2011
4. Dr. Linda Gordon (New York University): Dorothea Lange: Life, Politics, and Work – December 12, 2011
5. Dr. Deborah Willis (New York University): New Negro Women and Beyond: Posing Beauty in African American Culture – January 18, 2012
6. Professor Dolores Hayden (Yale University): Grand Domestic Revolution: Recovering the Forgotten History of Feminism and Housing Design – February 15, 2012
7. Dr. Kathleen Brown (University of Pennsylvania): What Do Sex and Laundry Have to Do With It? – March 14, 2012
8. Dr. Robin Lakoff (UC Berkeley): Language Makes History: Intersections of Language, Gender and Politics – April 12, 2012
9. Dr. Sonya Michel (University of Maryland): Doing Well by Doing Good: American Women's Long Tradition of Reform – May 16, 2012
10. Dr. Richard Kurin (Smithsonian Institute): MadCap May: Mistress of Myth, Men and Hope – September 19, 2012
11. Dr. Kathy Peiss (University of Pennsylvania): Woman-Made Women: American Designers, Taste, and Mid-Century Culture – November 7, 2012
12. Dr. Leisa Meyer (The Collage of William and Mary): A New Order: Change for Women in the U.S. Military – October 2, 2013
13. Dr. Pamela Laird (University of Colorado Denver): Making a Business of Change: American Women in Business – November 12, 2013
14. Dr. Bonnie Morris (The George Washington University): Game Changers: American Women & Sports – February 19, 2014
15. Professor Paula Giddings (Smith College): Standing Up For Change: Women & The Civil Rights Movement – March 26, 2014

The following historians have worked with NWHM to curate Online Exhibits:
1. Dr. Ida E. Jones (Howard University): Claiming Their Citizenship: African American Women From 1624-2009
2. Daile Kaplan (NYU, Swann Auction Galleries, author) and Donna Henes (author and artist) - Kaplan-Henes Photographs Collection: Daring Dames
3. Dr. Alison Landsberg (George Mason University): Women in Early Film
4. Edith P. Mayo, Curator Emeritus, Smithsonian American History Museum: Votes for Women and Rights For Women: The Suffrage Movement and Its Leaders
5. Linda McCarthy (Founding Curator of the CIA Museum): Clandestine Women: Spies in American History
6. Dr. Sonya Michel (University of Maryland): Early Jewish American Women
7. Dr. Jean Pfaelzer (University of Delaware): Chinese American Women: A History of Resilience and Resistance
8. Jeanne Schramm, Collector, Librarian and Co-Founder of the Mobile Women’s History Museum: This Isn’t Right: Women Reform Leaders
9. Doris Weatherford, Historian and Author: Women With a Deadline: Female Printers, Publishers, and Journalists form the Colonial Period to World War I, First But Not the Last: Women Who Ran for President, Young and Brave: Girls Changing History, Women of Jamestown, Women Wielding Power: Pioneer Female State Legislators, and Leaving Their Stamp on History
10. Dr. Kristen Gwinn Becker (independent scholar, founder of HistoryIT): From Ideas to Independence: A Century of Entrepreneurial Women
11. Dr. Debra Michals (independent scholar, instructor-Merrimack College): From Ideas to Independence: A Century of Entrepreneurial Women
12. Dr. Bonnie Morris (The George Washington Univerity and Georgetown): Game Changers: American Women & Sports
13. Dr. Robyn Muncy (The University of Maryland, College Park): A History of Women in Industry

In March 2013, NWHM worked with several scholars to present programs to celebrate the Suffrage Centennial:
1. The Press’s Impact on the Suffrage Movement panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, DC with Dr. J.D. Zahniser (independent scholar) and Dr. Rosalyn Terborg-Penn (Morgan State University).
2. Three Generations Fighting for the Vote panel discussion at the Lisner Auditorium (GWU) in Washington, DC on the history of Suffrage with Dr. Kristen Gwinn Becker (independent scholar), Dr. Erin Chapman (GWU) and Dr. J.D. Zahniser (independent scholar).
3. First Ladies: Hidden in Plain Sight event at the Arts Club in Washington, DC. Journalist Cokie Roberts interviewed Dr. Catherine Allgor (University of California-Riverside) on her recent book about Dolley Madison.
4. Dr. Debra Michals (independent scholar) spoke to the WINS (Women's Initiative for Networking and Success) group at The McGraw-Hill Companies in New York City on the topic of "Women Entrepreneurs."
 

NWHM Partners with Google Connected Classroom:
1. Dr. Bonnie Morris (The George Washington University and Georgetown) and Nancy Hogshead-Makar, JD: Game Changers: Women & Sports – March 31, 2014.