Archive for May, 2009

History of Latinas in the US

May 29th, 2009

Congratulations to Judge Sotomayor – another woman making history!

NWHM members have contacted us requesting that we do more research on the history of Latinas in this country. We just brought an intern onto our staff for the summer who will focus on just that. We are also looking for an expert in the field of U.S. Latina history to oversee the project and help develop a CyberExhibit. So get in touch with us if you know of someone who can help put this together.

Women and Memorial Day

May 21st, 2009

Women Created Memorial Day!

Much of women’s history is missing from our public story. One more example — women were almost entirely responsible for the recognition of Memorial Day. Its origin was the Civil War and until recently, the day focused on the terrible War between the states that, at tremendous human cost, ended slavery. Read the rest of this entry »

Write to Congress!

May 14th, 2009

We are still hard at work trying to get the legislation passed. HR 1700 has added many cosponsors and we expect the Senate companion bill to be re-introduced soon. Please send a letter to Congress urging them to cosponsor and pass the National Women’s History Act. If you previously sent a letter — send another! Click here to send.

Board Members Thoughts On Epidemics

May 7th, 2009

“The current swine flu epidemic reminded me of previous epidemics and how women in history had contributed to the science and medicinal knowledge of epidemics. I remembered a movie, “Sister Kenny,” about her treatments of people with polio and also I knew about Clara Maass who volunteered to be injected with yellow fever. Having survived a mild case of yellow fever, she volunteered a second time and died from that. One result was the banning of using humans in such experimentation. In 1976 Clara Maass was the subject of a United States postage stamp. Read the rest of this entry »