Celebrate Women’s Equality Day – August 26

August 12th, 2015

August 12, 2015

Women’s Equality Day will be celebrated August 26. Women’s Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment while also calling attention to women’s continuing efforts towards full equality.

Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), a leader in the women’s rights movement, introduced a Congressional Resolution in 1971 designating August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day” to draw attention to women’s on-going pursuit of equality. The date was symbolically selected as the anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which secured women the right to vote.  The resolution requests that the President issue an annual proclamation to commemorate Women’s Equality Day as a reminder that women continue to face inequality and discrimination. Organizations, museums, groups, and local governments across the country will hold Women’s Equality Day events.

National Women’s History Museum will celebrate Women’s Equality Day when it kicks off its “In their Footsteps: Counting Down to 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage” initiative in August 2015. Activities over the next five years will include a monthly walking tour, educational curriculum, in-depth historical content, on-line exhibits, and live programming. Visit www.NWHM.org to learn more.

Passage of the 19th Amendment culminated a 72-year struggle that began with the first major women’s rights conference at Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. Over the ensuring years, thousands of women and men campaigned for women’s voting rights through rallies, the media, demonstrations, and political lobbying. Women voting rights activists were the first group to picket the White House. The suffrage amendment passed the US Congress in June 1919 and became law after the 36th state legislature, Tennessee, ratified it in August 1920.

Walking Tour: “In Their Footsteps: Women’s Suffrage Trail”

August 3rd, 2015
 Sunday, August 16, 2015, 10:00am-12:30pm

Meet at the corner of Independence Ave and First St. SE, a block from Capitol South Metro

Walk the same ground where suffragists fought for the right to vote in the “In Their Footsteps” tour. Through the power of place, images, and the suffragists’ own words, the struggle for equality will become real and visceral. Afterwards, you will not only have a greater understanding of the women’s struggles to secure the right to vote, but you will also become more inspired to vote yourself.

The American woman suffrage movement is recognized as officially starting in 1848, at the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention in New York. Over the next 72 years, generations of activist women (and men) worked tirelessly until the 19th Amendment was adopted. It took the efforts of a wide range of women, from the most radical advocates of male and female equality, to women who saw the right to vote as necessary to more effectively advocate for moral and social reform. Their efforts to succeed set the stage for grassroots efforts to come, proving that determined citizens can achieve change.

The tour begins at the corner of Independence Ave and First St. SE . The nearest Metro station is Capitol South, which serves the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines. The tour will cover three miles, ending at the White House. This event is free and open to the public.

Facebook Spreads the Word about Women’s History

July 27th, 2015

A new Pew Research Center study has found that the number of Americans who receive their news primarily from social media including Twitter and Facebook is increasing. More people are encountering and interacting with news posts in their feeds. A record 63% of users say that these platforms serve as a source of information beyond family and friends. On the heels of this study, the historical stories of remarkable women shared on social media are engaging people in conversations like never before. NWHM’s Facebook page is on the cusp of surpassing 250,000 Likes, and the posts’ average weekly reach is 4.4 million and rising. NWHM’s most popular post tells the story of May Edward Chinn, the first African American woman to graduate from Bellevue Hospital Medical College in New York City. (http://on.fb.me/1HuQme7) This post reached more than 4 million people. More importantly, it generated 66,780 Likes, 21,763 shares, and more than 6,000 comments across all of the pages to which it was shared.  The comments express admiration for Dr. Chinn, regret that she was not recognized in her time, and inspiration drawn from her accomplishments.  Social media is demonstrating tremendous power to connect people with their history. Rather than passively consuming historical news, NWHM’s Facebook fans use it to frame their own experiences and better understand their lives. If you haven’t already “liked” our page, navigate to https://www.facebook.com/womenshistory and join the conversation.

Book Discussion: “Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography”

July 22nd, 2015

Book Discussion: “Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography”


Sunday, August 30, 2015, 3:00 PM

St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub

2300 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA


Our August book discussion will be on Jean Harvey Baker’s seminal biography, ‘Mary Todd Lincoln’. We will meet at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub in Alexandria, VA.


Amazon’s description:

“This definitive biography of Mary Todd Lincoln beautifully conveys her tumultuous life and times. A privileged daughter of the proud clan that founded Lexington, Kentucky, Mary fell into a stormy romance with the raw Illinois attorney Abraham Lincoln. For twenty-five years the Lincolns forged opposing temperaments into a tolerant, loving marriage. Even as the nation suffered secession and civil war, Mary experienced the tragedies of losing three of her four children and then her husband. An insanity trial orchestrated by her surviving son led to her confinement in an asylum. Mary Todd Lincoln is still often portrayed in one dimension, as the stereotype of the best-hated faults of all women. Here her life is restored for us whole.”


Coming? RSVP to: http://nwhm.ticketleap.com/nwhm-book-club-mary-todd-lincoln/

Movie Night: Selma

July 22nd, 2015

Movie Night: Selma

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 6:00 p.m. EST

Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, VA 22307


NWHM will host a viewing of the Oscar-nominated movie Selma, followed by a brief discussion. Afterwards, we’ll talk about women’s roles in the Civil Rights Movement as well as how they are remembered in popular history.  The event will be held at the Martha Washington Library in Alexandria, VA in the large meeting room. Popcorn and drinks will be included!


Synopsis:  Selma chronicles Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.


Coming? RSVP to: http://nwhm.ticketleap.com/movie-night-selma/

National Women’s History Museum and Glamour Present 4th Annual Women Making History Event

July 15th, 2015

Viola Davis, Diane Warren, and Gale Anne Hurd to be honored

Los Angeles, CA – July 15, 2015 – On Saturday, September 19th, 2015, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) and its Los Angeles Regional Council, will host an exclusive brunch to commemorate the achievements of women and to generate awareness of the Museum and the importance of preserving women’s history. NWHM’s mission is to educate, inspire, empower, and shape the future by integrating women’s distinctive history into the culture and history of the United States. A key element of advancing that mission is to build a world-class museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

This year’s honorees are accomplished and critically acclaimed actress and philanthropist Viola Davis, Grammy winning songwriter Diane Warren, and award–winning producer Gale Anne Hurd. Through their philanthropic and professional endeavors, each of these women are outstanding examples of what women can accomplish.

“We are delighted to join with our LA Council to honor these three remarkable women,” says Joan Wages, NWHM President and CEO. “The countless achievements and contributions women have made in shaping this nation have been left out of the historical narrative and it’s beyond time to correct the record. We are committed to integrating women’s history into the American mainstream; in doing so, we will ensure that future generations will recognize the tremendous value women bring to society.”

The event will be held at the Skirball Cultural Center – 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. This event is presented by Glamour. Other sponsors include Essie. Red carpet arrivals begin promptly at 10:30 am, program and awards begin at 11:30 am. Music curated by DJ Daisy O’Dell.

For more information on NWHM or to become a member, please visit http://www.nwhm.org.


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. A Congressional Commission has been established that is charged with producing a feasible plan, which would include the governance, fundraising, location and organizational structure of the museum. For additional information visit NWHM.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Glamour 

Glamour is the biggest fashion and beauty magazine brand in its competitive set, reaching an all-time high of one out of eight American women, with 12.2 million print readers and 9 million unique users online. Glamour has received a record number of National Magazine Awards, including Magazine of the Year, honoring print and digital excellence, and General Excellence for its category. Its content is available in an iPad edition, apps, podcasts, and books—including two New York Times best sellers. In 2013 Glamour launched its video channel, which now boasts 43 video series and has received substantial critical accolades, including a 2014 National Magazine Award for Video and a Television Academy honor. In 2014 Glamour launched Lipstick.com, Glamour’s stand-alone beauty site and Condé Nast’s first-ever digital spin-off. With a robust social strategy across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, Google+, and Tumblr, Glamour’s total social media footprint is at a record high of 52 million touchpoints. For more information, visit Glamour.com.




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NWHM Welcomes New Board Member Linda Willett

June 23rd, 2015

NWHM welcomes Linda Willett as its newest Board member.  Willett is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the largest health insurance company in the state with over $10B in revenue in 2014. She leads the teams responsible for: Compliance; Enterprise Risk Management; Government Affairs; and, Legal Affairs. The Horizon BCBSNJ Foundation also reports to her and focuses on charitable giving in the state of New Jersey.

Ms. Willett has served on a number of not-for-profit boards as either Chair of the board or as a Committee Chair. Currently, she is Chair of the Education Fund Board of the New York Women’s Forum, is a member of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Board, and has been elected to the National Women’s History Museum Board. Ms. Willett is also a member of the Association of the New York City Bar and the Economic Club of New York.

Movie Night: HBO’s ‘Iron Jawed Angels’ Viewing & Discussion

June 23rd, 2015

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 6:00 p.m. EST

Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, VA 22307


NWHM will host a viewing of HBO’s film on the Suffrage Movement, “Iron Jawed Angels,” followed by a brief discussion. The event will be held at the Martha Washington Library in Alexandria, VA. Popcorn and drinks will be included! We’ll be in the library’s large meeting room, but if you can’t find us, just ask the workers at the information desk where the NWHM movie viewing is taking place.


Synopsis of film: The fight for women’s voting rights has rarely been given as dramatic a treatment as in Iron Jawed Angels. Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry) and Frances O’Connor (Mansfield Park) star as second-wave suffragettes Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, who led the final fight for the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The mounting energy of the fight–and the increasingly nasty opposition–gains real momentum when a wartime picket line leads to Paul, Burns, and their sisters-in-arms being arrested on trumped-up charges and imprisoned.

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NWHM Book Club: “The Invention of Wings”

June 22nd, 2015

Monday, July 20 6:30pm

Join us at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub at 2300 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA for our monthly book club.  For July’s book discussion we will look at Sue Monk Kidd’s “The Invention of Wings,” a novel inspired by Sarah Grimke, a real-life Southern abolitionist.

According to Amazon: “Hetty ‘Handful’ Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.”

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June and July Events

June 2nd, 2015
  1. “Find the Women” Scavenger Hunt at the National Air and Space Museum
    When: Saturday, June 6th, at 10am
    Where: National Air and Space Museum, in front of the Golden Age of Flight exhibit room on the first floor.
    What: NWHM will host a scavenger hunt at the National Air and Space Museum where participants will be given clues and a guide to find the places in the museum where women and their contributions are mentioned. The scavenger hunt will be followed by a discussion in the museum’s food court. We will be meeting at 10am in front of the Golden Age of Flight exhibit room on the first floor.
  2. Google Art Talk on “Women & STEM Education: Conduit to Opportunity”
    When: June 10, 12pm EST
    Where: Online https://plus.google.com/events/c04br76p6t0h0s1mue7851ijsj0
    What: Today’s trending conversations around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math include the need for better STEM education and the benefits of STEM careers. The problem of women being under represented in STEM fields yet desperately needed is often singled out. Girls’ routes to STEM careers begin in the educational pipeline. Join while we explore the problem of women & STEM education, the history of women’s K-college formal education that influenced career opportunities, and the solutions underway in both formal and informal education settings today.Our Panelists:
    Mimi Lufkin, Chief Executive Officer, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity
    Dr. Linda Eisenmann, Ed.D., Provost, Professor Education and History, Wheaton College
    Wendy Hancock, Manager, Professional Development and Exhibition Services, Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC)

    Moderated by: Sydnee Winston, Project Coordinator, National Women’s History Museum

  3. Book Discussion: “Hedy’s Folly: The Life & Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World”
    When: Monday, June 22nd at 6:30pm
    Where: St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub, 2300 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301
    What: For June’s book discussion we will look at Richard Rhodes 2011 biography of Hedy Lamarr: “Hedy’s Folly: The Life & Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World.”
  4. HBO’s ‘Iron Jawed Angels’ Viewing & Discussion
    When: Thursday, July 9th at 6pm
    Where: Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, VA, 22307
    What: NWHM will be hosting a viewing of HBO’s film on the Suffrage Movement, “Iron Jawed Angels,” followed by a brief discussion. The event will be held at the Martha Washington Library in Alexandria. Popcorn and drinks will be included! We’ll be in the library’s large meeting room, but if you can’t find us, just ask the workers at the information desk where the NWHM movie viewing is taking place.