Archive for April, 2011

Press: The Republic (4/22/11)

April 22nd, 2011

Washcall: Internet taxation – Women’s History Museum

By LISA HOFFMAN

WASHINGTON – The gaping chasms that are state budget deficits may become the black hole of Internet taxation this year, drawing Congress and some states inexorably into instituting taxes on what you purchase online.

That’s what some analysts expect, viewing the nation’s dismal fiscal balance sheets, which are a powerful lure for a piece of the $188 billion in online retail sales forecast for 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

New Jersey NWHM Regional Council Gala

April 21st, 2011
As a grand finale event for Women’s History Month, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) hosted a spectacular gala event at the Hyatt Hotel in New Brunswick on Thursday, March 31. The gala, organized by the New Jersey Regional Council of NWHM, recognized the importance of the work and mission of the Museum.

The Gala raised over $23,000 to support the programs and initiatives of the National Women’s History Museum. Read the rest of this entry »

Meryl Streep’s hero in Alexandria

April 21st, 2011

Meryl Streep’s hero in Alexandria (Alexandria Times, 4/21/11)

By: James Cullum

Men have written much of history, and the National Women’s History Museum wants to change that. 

For the past three years, President and CEO Joan Wages has run the museum from a small office on South Whiting Street on Alexandria’s West End. A bill, which would provide the museum with a vacant lot near the National Mall, was recently approved by the House of Representatives and is proceeding to the Senate floor for a vote. 

After 20 years, the museum may soon have a prominent location to call home. But history could repeat itself. Read the rest of this entry »

SENATOR COLLINS’ BILL TO CREATE NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MUSEUM ONE STEP CLOSER TO REALITY

April 19th, 2011

For Immediate Release                                                                                     Contact:  E.R. Anderson

April 15, 2011                                                                                                                              202-224-4751

SENATOR COLLINS’ BILL TO CREATE NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MUSEUM ONE STEP CLOSER TO REALITY

Legislation Passed Unanimously out of Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Susan Collins’ legislation that would pave the way for a National Women’s History Museum on a site near the National Mall in Washington, D.C. passed late yesterday unanimously out of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.  The Museum would honor the Great Lady from Maine, Margaret Chase Smith, and other groundbreaking women throughout history. Read the rest of this entry »

Maloney Announces Bill To Create National Museum Of Women’s History

April 13th, 2011

Maloney Announces Bill To Create National Museum Of Women’s History (Queens Gazette, 4/13/2011)

Bipartisan legislation which would establish a National Museum of Women’s History on the National Mall in Washington was announced last week by Congressmember Carolyn Maloney (DQueens/ Manhattan).

The lawmaker acknowledged the announcement came soon after the death of her mentor, former Congressmember Geraldine Ferraro, who was hailed throughout the nation and the world for her achievements on behalf of women during her lifetime. Read the rest of this entry »

NWHM Legislation Reintroduced

April 7th, 2011

NWHM President & CEO, Joan Wages with Representative Carolyn Maloney, Members of NWHM's Board of Directors and National Coalition

US Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and US Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL), held a press conference on March 30, 2011, on Capitol Hill to announce the reintroduction of the National Women’s History Act. The Bill authorizes the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) to purchase, at fair market value, a site currently owned by the federal government to construct a museum dedicated to women’s history. The site is located at 12th Street and Independence Avenue, SW. The funds that are necessary to construct and operate NWHM will be raised privately, through contributions from donors, corporations and foundation supporters. The same day, US Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) reintroduced the Bill in the Senate.

Museum board members, supporters and coalition members came together for the press conference to participate in what was a dynamic and spirited show of support for the bill on Capitol Hill. The program included remarks by Museum President and CEO, Joan Wages, Rep. Maloney (D-NY), Rep. Biggert (R-IL), Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-IL), as well as Lisa Maatz (American Association of University Women), Robin Read (National Foundation for Women Legislators), Susan Scanlan (National Council of Women’s Organizations), and General Wilma Vaught (Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, Inc.).

The National Women’s History Museum is dedicated to honoring the many contributions by women that have influenced our nation and shaped the world.

You can help by calling/writing to your elected officials and informing them that you support the bill to authorize the Museum to purchase the land to build a National Women’s History Museum — we are not asking for government support, and a women’s history museum is long overdue!

You can also help us by becoming a charter member, hosting a cultivation event, and enlisting the help of your corporation to join as a corporate supporter. For more information, visit our website: http://www.nwhm.org/support-nwhm/ or send an email to info@nwhm.org.

NWHM President & CEO, Joan Wages Speaks to Wellesley Alumni about the Importance of a National Women’s History Museum

April 4th, 2011

Joan Wages (R), NWHM President & CEO, thanks Shannon Graving (L), a Wellesley Alum, and a longtime Museum donor for her support

 On March 29, President Wages spoke to a group of Wellesley alums about the importance of a national museum honoring women’s many contributions to our national story, in Washington, DC. The Museum is in the early stages of a capital campaign to fund and build a National Women’s History Museum on or near the Mall in Washington, DC.

If you would like to support the Museum, call 703-461-1920 and ask for Sally Anderson.

National Women’s History Museum Makes Another Push Toward Existence

April 1st, 2011

National Women’s History Museum Makes Another Push Toward Existence (Media Bisto, 4/1/2011)

By Steve Delahoyde

http://www.mediabistro.com/unbeige/national-womens-history-museum-makes-another-push-toward-existence_b12983

This week marked another push to get a National Women’s History Museum built within the hallowed confines of the National Mall. Attempted three times over the last six years, the organization had received the support of Representative Carolyn Maloney from New York and Senator Susan Collins from Maine to introduce a bill to give the museum permission to purchase a federally-owned plot of land at 12th and Independence Avenue in Washington, but as it made its way successfully through the House, it was stalled last year in Senate when a hold was placed on it by two senators, Jim DeMint from South Carolina and Tom Coburn from Oklahoma. If this week’s efforts, which included a rally on Wednesday afternoon, manage to get the hold removed, the plans will move forward. However, as the Washington City Paper reports, the trick then will be figuring out how much the land costs and how much they can afford to buy. Here’s a copy of the stalled bill, S.2129  and for some background on the ongoing efforts, here’s from the Journal Gazette and here’s a piece about it from Sheri Caplan at Forbes.