Archive for May, 2010

Dynamic and Iconic Performer, Lena Horne dies at 92

May 10th, 2010

Internationally renowned singer, actress and activist, Lena Horne died last night, Sunday May 9, 2010 in Manhattan, New York. At 92 years-old, the famed actress, who helped integrate black performers into Hollywood’s once racially exclusive world, lived a full and storied life. She achieved a host of firsts in her lifetime, including becoming the first African-American performer to receive a contract from a major Hollywood studio. Accomplishing this success was no easy feat for Lena, who for many years was almost exclusively relegated to singing musical numbers, which could easily be edited out of films. Read the rest of this entry »

Study Reveals Varying Rates of Global Adult Mortality

May 10th, 2010

According to a study appearing in the journal Lancet on Friday, April 30, global mortality rates among men and women differ by region. Adult mortality is defined as the probability of dying after the age of 15 and before the age of 60. Among Asian women, the rates of mortality have fallen and Indian women now have a lower mortality rate than men. Iceland has the lowest mortality rate: 65 premature deaths per 1000 men. Women have the lowest rate of mortality in Cyprus: 38 deaths per 1000. Zambia has the highest mortality rate amongst women with 606 deaths per 1,000. According to the study, the mortality rate amongst men in the US is 130 (per 1,000) and 77 for women (per 1,000).

Record Number of Female Congressional Candidates

May 10th, 2010

According to data from the Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics, women hold 90, or 16.8%, of the 535 seats in the 111th US Congress — 17, or 17.0%, of the 100 seats in the Senate and 73, or 16.8%, of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives. In addition, three women serve as Delegates to the House from Guam, the Virgin Islands and Washington, DC.

Further data this year reveals that there has been a surge in female candidates for Congress—there are 239 female candidates for the House and 31 for the Senate. These numbers represent a record high and even surpass the previous precedent set in 1992, the “Year of the Woman,” in which there were 222 women who ran for the House and 29 for the Senate.

Website Redesign

May 5th, 2010

Washington, DC—The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) is pleased to announce the launch of its redesigned website at  The redesign coincides with the 13th Anniversary of the move of the Suffrage Statue from the Capitol Crypt into the Rotunda on Mother’s Day, 1997.  The statue of the three founders of the women’s vote campaign—Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Lucretia  Mott—is the first of our foremothers to stand permanently next to our forefathers thereby changing the look of our nation’s heroes. Read the rest of this entry »