NWHM Welcomes Susan D. Whiting as Board Chair

January 28th, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NWHM WELCOMES SUSAN D. WHITING AS BOARD CHAIR

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA – JANUARY 29, 2015 –The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) is proud to announce that Susan D. Whiting has been appointed to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors. Ms. Whiting is a longtime C-suite executive and Board Director with extensive experience working with multinational corporate and not-for-profit organizations. For the past decade, she has served as a top advisor and director for consumer, technology and financial services companies, working closely with executive leadership, external business partners, clients and investors. For decades, Ms. Whiting has mentored female business leaders around the world through corporate and government supported programs, as well as through her personal relationships.

Ms. Whiting currently serves on the Board of Directors for Alliant Energy Corporation and DJE Holdings. She is also actively involved in several civic, educational and environmental organizations, including serving on the board of directors of The Trust for Public Land, as a trustee of Denison University, and as chair of the board of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago. She is a member of The Chicago Network, the Economic Club of Chicago, the International Women’s Forum and the Tiffany’s Circle of the American Red Cross.

For more than three decades, Ms. Whiting was at the forefront of media and consumer measurement as a senior executive at Nielsen, where she most recently served as vice chair before retiring from the firm in January 2014. Ms. Whiting had a hand in various research industry firsts through media transitions, such as the beginning of cable television, telecommunications, and measurement in a multi-channel, multi-screen world. During her tenure, Ms. Whiting formed and led committees to ensure diverse consumer representation in measurement.

According to NWHM President & CEO, Joan Wages, “Susan’s vast experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors coupled with her expertise in change management, partnerships, measurement, strategic planning and governance will be a tremendous asset as we move toward the establishment of the Congressional Commission and ultimately building the Museum in Washington, DC.”

“I am delighted and honored to serve NWHM. It is with tremendous gratitude and deep appreciation that I look forward to helping the voices and experiences of this land’s great women become more deeply ingrained in our country’s narrative,” said Ms. Whiting. “Throughout my life I have been inspired by strong women on both sides of my family, and of course, by those I’ve met and read about all over the world. Telling historically accurate and remarkable stories is an essential part of inspiring greatness for years to come.”

Ms. Whiting’s lineage traces back to Susan B. Anthony, a cousin on her mother’s side of the family, who was a national icon in the woman suffrage movement.

 

About the National Women’s History Museum: Founded in 1996, The National Women’s History Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating, inspiring, empowering, and shaping the future by integrating women’s distinctive history into the national narrative. Toward that end, NWHM is working to build a world-class museum at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. – the nation’s premiere symbolic space. Although women constitute a majority of the population, their diverse experiences, achievements, contributions and overall impact on this nation are grossly underrepresented in the telling of history. The National Women’s History Museum seeks to change that and currently works to raise awareness about the vital and integral role women have played in building this nation through its robust website, educational programs, events, scholarship, member newsletter, and social media. To learn more visit us at www.nwhm.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Linked In.

 

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Press Contact: Susan Murphy, NWHM –703-461-1920 or SMurphy@nwhm.org

Congress Votes To Create Congressional Commission To Study Creation of National Women’s History Museum

December 12th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONGRESS VOTES TO CREATE CONGRESSIONAL COMMISSION TO STUDY CREATION OF NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MUSEUM


DECEMBER 12, 2014 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) today announced Congressional approval of legislation calling for the creation of a privately funded, bipartisan congressional commission to study and produce a plan for a national women’s history museum in the nation’s capital. The bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) now heads to the White House where it awaits President Obama’s signature.

The legislation calls for the Commission to produce recommendations for the governance, organizational structure, fundraising, operations and location of a National Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C. The 8-member bipartisan commission would have 18 months to produce the report which will then be submitted to Congress for approval.

According to NWHM President & CEO, Joan Wages, “Today is a great day for all women! Senate approval of our legislation marks a giant step forward in our efforts to build a national women’s history museum in Washington, D.C. We are forever indebted to Senators Susan Collins and Barbara Mikulski and Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Marsha Blackburn for their tireless efforts in support of this important legislation. The bipartisan nature by which this legislation was introduced and passed serves as testament to women’s ability to set aside differences and come together to work for the common good. It is what women have done throughout history.”

NWHM Acting Chair and Vice Chair, Dr. Gretchen Green added, “Legislation has been introduced during each Congressional session since 1999, always passing in either the House or the Senate, but never both. The women of this nation, 51% of the population, deserve to be honored on the National Mall, the symbolic site of what our nation honors most. It is for that reason that we opted to pursue a commission as only Congress can approve what is built on the Mall. This is not unprecedented. Both the National Museum of African American Culture & History and The American Latino Museum secured their place on the Mall through the recommendations of commissions and congressional approval.”

About the National Women’s History Museum: Founded in 1996, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM, Inc.) is a nonpartisan, 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the general public about the diverse historic contributions of women and raising awareness about the critical need for a national women’s history museum in our nation’s capital. Currently located online at www.nwhm.org, NWHM is leading the effort to build a world-class, permanent museum on or near the National Mall that will herald and display the collective history of American women. Click here to view our PSA. For additional information visit NWHM.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and You Tube.

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PRESS CONTACT:

Susan Murphy
Director, Communications
NWHM, Inc.
Smurphy@nwhm.org or 703-461-1920

NWHM President Joan Wages Launches Huffington Post Blog

November 25th, 2014

NWHM is delighted to announce the launch of Joan Wages’ Huffington Post blog. This inaugural post lays the foundation for why we need to integrate women’s history into the national narrative and summarizes the status of our legislation. We hope you’ll take the time to read the post and share it widely with your personal and professional networks. We look forward to sharing compelling and relevant content about women’s history and the National Women’s History Museum through this platform on a regular basis and greatly appreciate your support in helping to extend its reach by commenting, liking and sharing each post.

You can read the first post at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joan-wages/making-the-case-for-a-nat_b_6201322.html.

 

STEM Lecture at GWU-Nov 20

November 12th, 2014

6:30-7:30pm

 

NWHM invites you to attend “Breaking In: Women & STEM, Then and Now,” the sixth forum in its Initiating Change/Adapting to Change lecture series on Thursday, November 20 at 6:30 pm at The GWU Morton Auditorium.

This program will examine the historical and contemporary aspects of women’s participation in STEM education and careers as well as its impact on American society. Professor Regina Morantz-Sanchez (University of Michigan) and Mimi Lufkin (Chief Executive Officer of the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity) are the speakers for the event.

The one-hour discussion will take place at The Morton Auditorium located on The George Washington University’s campus at 6:30 pm, followed by a reception from 7:30-8pm. General admission is $10 but there is a discount code available for NWHM members. Tickets are free for teachers and students with a valid student ID.

Tickets are available at http://nwhm.ticketleap.com/stem/

NWHM Welcomes Catherine Allgor, Ph.D. to Board of Directors

October 7th, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA – OCTOBER 6, 2014 – The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) today announced the addition of Catherine Allgor, Ph.D. to its Board of Directors. As a highly credentialed and respected historian with extensive museum experience, Dr. Allgor brings the unique and necessary combination of scholarly achievement and fundraising experience that NWHM has needed.

Dr. Allgor is a leading historian of first ladies and a frequent commentator on television and in other media on issues having to do with the role of the first lady. Her 2006 book, A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation, served as the basis for the film “Dolley Madison,” produced by PBS for its American Experience series.

As a Professor of History at the University of California at Riverside (UCR), Allgor has created and taught numerous courses on women’s history, the history of race and slavery, and political history at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. While at UCR, she was appointed to a three-year term as Presidential Chair, a prestigious appointment given only to select, distinguished members of the university’s faculty. Dr. Allgor also serves as the Nadine and Robert A. Skotheim Director of Education at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, where she is responsible for nearly 20 staff members working on a variety of projects from school tours to teacher training to partnerships with the Pasadena Unified and Los Angeles Unified School Districts. She also oversees more than 1,000 volunteers, including 400 docents who provide enrichment for students and adult visitors touring the art, botanical and library collections, as well as temporary exhibits.

Dr. Allgor received her Ph.D. with distinction from Yale University, where she also won the Yale Teaching Award. Her dissertation on women and politics in early Washington garnered the George Washington Egleston Prize for the best dissertation in American History at Yale University and the Lerner-Scott Prize for the best dissertation in U.S. Women’s History in the country.

Dr. Allgor is frequently called on to participate in teacher training institutes nationwide, has consulted at numerous museums, and has served as an advisor to the White House, the U.S. Mint and the National Portrait Gallery, among others. In addition, she serves on the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation, a presidential commission that funds teachers in their pursuit of advanced degrees.

Prior to joining UCR, Allgor taught at Claremont McKenna College, Harvard University, and Simmons College.

“On behalf of NWHM and its Board of Directors, I am delighted to welcome Dr. Catherine Allgor to the Board. Catherine’s reputation as a leading history scholar combined with her deep experience in the museum community makes her uniquely qualified to contribute to the Board,” said Dr. Gretchen Green, Acting Chair of the NWHM Board of Directors.

NWHM President & CEO, Joan Wages added “NWHM represents a new model for museums in that the days of federally-funded new museums have passed. As such, it is imperative that all members of the Board of Directors have significant experience in and understanding of fundraising.”

“As an academic, my mission was always to bring stories of women’s lives to scholarly attention,” said Allgor. “Joining the NWHM’s Board is more than an honor. It is a chance to bring women’s history into the public conversation.”

About the National Women’s History Museum: Founded in 1996, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM, Inc.) is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the general public about the diverse historic contributions of women and raising awareness about the critical need for a national women’s history museum in our nation’s capital. Currently located online at www.nwhm.org, the Museum’s goal is to build a world-class, permanent museum on or near the National Mall that will herald and display the collective history of American women. Current legislation is underway to create a Congressional Commission that would be charged with producing a feasible plan which would include the governance, estimated cost, location and organizational structure of the museum. For additional information visit NWHM.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Press Contact: Susan Murphy, NWHM – 703-461-1920 or SMurphy@nwhm.org

de Pizan 14

October 6th, 2014
Monday, November 17 2014 5:30 PM 8:30 PM

 

Tickets are available at http://nwhm.ticketleap.com/depizan14/

Join NWHM and Honorary Chairs, the Honorable Senators Susan Collins and Barbara Mikulski, and Representatives Carolyn Maloney, Marsha Blackburn, and Candice Miller for the fourth annual de Pizan Honors, an event paying tribute to women from the past and present. The Honors will take place on November 17, 2014 at the The Mead Center for American Theater, Arena Stage, in Washington, D.C.

The esteemed honorees for the evening are:

  • Mary Barra (CEO of General Motors) will receive the Katharine Graham Living Legacy Award
  • The Honorable Sally Jewell (Secretary of the Department of the Interior) will receive the Rachel Carson Living Legacy Award
  • Katherine Johnson (early NASA Mathematician) will receive the Maria Mitchell Living Legacy Award (video acceptance)
  • Debbie Sterling (Founder and CEO of Goldieblox) will receive the Louise Fitzhugh Living Legacy Award

The de Pizan Honors stand apart from the hundreds of events that honor women—the lives and contributions of the recipients will have a permanent presence, exhibited within the future National Women’s History Museum, at the National Mall in Washington, DC.  In the interim, while working to get  legislation passed that would allow NWHM to build a physical museum, the Honorees are showcased on the NWHM website.

The VIP ticket holders and Sponsors will enjoy a private buffet dinner reception from 5:30pm to 7pm. There will be a general reception from 6:15 to 7pm featuring a photo booth and the mini exhibit: Women of Courage, Conviction, and Commitment.  A silent auction will be held at the VIP reception and will open up to the general reception at 6:30pm. The Honors ceremony will begin at 7pm. For more details on the event, the Honors, and the Museum please visit the website at nwhm.org.

For sponsorship information, call 703-461-1920. We hope to see you there!

Immigration Lecture at GWU-October 22

August 26th, 2014

6:00-7pm

 

Tickets are available here.

NWHM invites you to attend “New Beginnings: Immigrant Women and the American Experience,” the fifth forum in its Initiating Change/Adapting to Change lecture series on Wednesday, October 22 at 6pm at The GWU Marvin Center.

The discussion will explore the historical experiences of immigrant women in the U.S., and the unique challenges they have faced in integrating into American culture and society, and its effects on contemporary American culture.  The forum will be led by Dr. Donna Gabaccia (University of Toronto, Scarborough), a scholar of international migration, gender who has written and edited fifteen books on U.S. immigration, migration in world history, and the worldwide Italian diaspora;  and Diane Portnoy, founder of The Immigrant Learning Center (Malden, MA),which provides free English classes to immigrant and refugee adults.

The one-hour discussion will take place at The Marvin Center located on The George Washington University’s campus at 6pm, followed by a reception from 7-7:30pm. General admission is $10 but there is a discount code available for NWHM members. Tickets are free for teachers and students with a valid student ID.

National Women’s History Museum Awarded “Best In America” Seal of Approval

August 13th, 2014

National Women’s History Museum Awarded “Best In America” Seal of Approval

sealAlexandria, VA – August 8, 2014 – National Women’s History Museum is pleased to have been awarded the “Best In America” Seal of Approval by the Independent Charities of America. The Seal is awarded to charities that have, following rigorous independent review, certified, documented, and demonstrated on an annual basis their success meeting the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness.

The award standards meet the US Government’s requirements for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign, which is among the world’s most exclusive fund drives. Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded the Seal.

The National Women’s History Museum educates, inspires, empowers, and shapes the future by integrating women’s distinctive history into the culture and history of the United States. NWHM has previously been recognized with a GuideStar Exchange Gold Level participation logo as well as a four star rating from Charity Navigator in Transparency and Accountability.

 

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NWHM Press Contact: Susan Murphy, Director of Communications – 703-461-1920 or SMurphy@nwhm.org

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Women Making History Brunch-Aug 23 in LA

June 20th, 2014

Honoring Sophia Bush, Lesa France Kennedy and Callie Khouri.

Ticket information to follow.

NWHM on Panels At the Berkshire Conference on Women’s History and the American Alliance of Museums

May 27th, 2014

The Sixteenth Berkshire Conference was held in Toronto, Canada May 22-25.  A panel, Making the Case for a National Women’s History Museum on the National Mall, included seven participants with varying museum and exhibit expertise.  NWHM President Joan Wages was pleased to be on the panel with such distinguished members as the Chair, Jean Pfaelzer, Ph.D. from the University of Delaware, Kathleen Franz, Ph.D. American University, Karen Offen, Ph.D. Stanford University and the International Museum of Women, Gail Reimer, Ph.D. Jewish Women’s Archive, Faith Davis Ruffins, National Museum of American History, and Jennifer Brier, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago.

Ms. Wages described the challenges of building a national museum on federal land that is on or near the National Mall and other panelists offered their experiences.  NWHM gathered many suggestions from participants and attendees.  While some will be contemplated after the Museum secures a building site, there were ideas that can be implemented in the short term.

NWHM has the greatest respect for the 40-50 years the “mothers of women’s history” have been working to enhance and expand the body of knowledge on women’s history.  NWHM looks to serve as the bridge for that information to be disseminated to the general public. Just as the field of women’s history has evolved and changed over the years, NWHM looks forward to developing new and better ways to communicate the wealth of information on women’s history to enlighten and inspire future generations.

The Berkshire Conference is held every three years and draws the most forward thinking historians in the field.

On May 20, 2014 NWHM Program Director Liz Maurer chaired a panel at the American Alliance of Museums 108th annual meeting, in Seattle, Washington. Co-presenters included Steve Shwartzman from the Institute of Museum and Library Services; Max van Balgooy, president of Engaging Places and former director at the National Trust for Historic Preservation; and Laurie Baty, deputy director of the National Capital Radio & Television Museum. The panel addressed the technical aspects of creating and implementing a strategic plan as well as government funding trends for museum projects.