Archive for June, 2010

Celebrate the Fourth of July with the Heroic Betty Zane!

June 28th, 2010

Did you know that there were tons of heroines who played an important part in winning the Revolutionary War? While natives attacked a fort in frontier Virginia, teenager Betty Zane made a daring sprint to obtain essential gunpowder. Did she make it back to the fort safely or was she caught in enemy lines? Discover Betty Zane’s fate at!

Learning About Suffrage

June 25th, 2010

Photo: Melina Mara-The Washington Post

A young boy learning about the founders of the suffrage movement.

Image from the Washington Post.

Save the Date: September 21

June 25th, 2010

Join Us
~ Celebrate Women ~

Our Nation’s Capital, Washington, D.C., has many wonderful museums, but one important museum is missing. Help us to recognize and honor the lives of Women.

Help us build The National Women’s History Museum.


The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) is a nonprofit, educational organization. Our mission is to enlighten the public on women’s many contributions to our nation.

The NWHM website ( provides a wealth of information, including 19 online exhibits and over 250 fascinating biographies. Legislation has been passed by the House and is pending in the Senate.

Click here to view Ticket Prices
To RSVP: Email or call 202-546-9250.

To order tickets (via a mail-in form) click here.
To order tickets online, click here. PLEASE BE SURE TO DESIGNATE THE SEPTEMBER 21ST EVENT.





Chicago Women Rock!!

June 23rd, 2010

As a Board officer and former Chicagoan, I’ve been back and forth to the city a lot lately to introduce the National Women’s History Museum to my friends, friends of friends, business colleagues of friends, and, frankly, any stranger who will talk to me including a young woman at O’Hare Airport who asked if she could have the Museum button I was wearing to give to her mother: it read “Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History.” It’s been fun and gratifying. Read the rest of this entry »

The Evolution of Nursing

June 16th, 2010

Mary Ann Bickerdyke

As caretakers of children, family and community, it was natural that women were the nurses, the caregivers, as human society evolved. Nursing may be the oldest known profession, as some nurses were paid for their services from the beginning. This was especially true of wet nurses, who nursed a baby when the mother died or could not nurse her child. A woman whose infant did not survive birth, or who was ready to wean her child, or who was capable of nursing more than one baby, would accept employment as a wet nurse, usually going to live in the home of her employer. Read the rest of this entry »

Healthy Diet Linked to Lower Risk of Cataracts in Women

June 15th, 2010

Cataract in Human Eye

June 15, 2010–According to new research appearing in the June edition of Archives of Ophthalmology, eating healthily can improve a woman’s defense against the damaging effects of cataracts. The study, which surveyed more than 1,800 women, found that those that scored the highest for adhering to the nationally recommended dietary guidelines, also had a 37% lower risk for cataracts.

The healthy diet linked to the lowered risk included high amounts of fruits, vegetables, proteins and whole grains, and low amounts of salt and fat.

Study Finds that Girls with Negative Attitudes towards Math May Be Influenced By Teacher’s Math-Anxiety

June 7th, 2010

According to an article appearing on, some women’s dislike of math is directly correlated to math anxiety being taught in classrooms.

The article cites a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences at the beginning of 2010 that studied the how teachers sometimes transmit their aversion to math onto female students.

Click here for the full article

World Renowned Sculptor, Louise Bourgeois dies at 98

June 1st, 2010

Louise Bourgeois' Maman at the National Gallery of Canada

French-born American sculptor Louise Bourgeois, most famous for her psychologically centered sculptures, died on May 31 in her Manhattan home.  Bourgeois carved out a long career of nearly five decades, in which she produced some world-famous sculptures including the Maman spider structures. Read the rest of this entry »