Archive for September, 2009

Maloney/Norton bill to create a National Women’s History Museum Passes House Committee

September 25th, 2009

For Immediate Release – September 24, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) today hailed committee passage of her bill, H.R. 1700, which establishes a National Women’s History Museum on the Mall in Washington, DC to honor the role that women have played in American History. It passed the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure by a voice vote.

“Less than five percent of the 2,400 national historic landmarks chronicle women’s achievement and of the 211 statues here in the U.S. Capitol, only ten are of female leaders,” Rep. Maloney said. “The museums and memorials in Washington are one measure of what our society values. We already have museums for stamps and spies. This bill would provide women, comprising 53% of our population, a long overdue home to honor their many contributions to building our country.” Read the rest of this entry »

Julie and Julia

September 10th, 2009

Seeing the wonderful new movie “Julie and Julia” about Julia Child, the famous cookbook author, and Julie Powell, blogger and author, and afterwards a preview of the upcoming movie “Amelia” about Amelia Earhart I began thinking about the biographical movies of women in history (and/or women’s history itself). My favorite women’s history movie is “Iron Jawed Angels” about the awful treatment meted on suffragettes Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, who led the final fight for the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Birthday Prudence Crandall!

September 3rd, 2009

Prudence Crandall was born today on September 3, 1803.

Prudence Crandall was a remarkable woman who opened one of the first schools for African American girls, despite the ridicule and harassment she faced because of her actions. Read the rest of this entry »