Archive for February, 2012

A Home on the Range

February 22nd, 2012

By Cathy Pickles, NWHM staff member

Here in the Washington, D.C. area, we have had unusually mild weather, no snow to speak of and many “balmy” days in the high 60s and 70s. But it is still officially Winter and I am thinking about the courageous women who answered the call of the American West, creating meaningful and productive lives under the harshest of conditions. As I type away in my temperature-controlled, spacious and well-lit office, my thoughts drift to one of the favorite books I read during my college career, Land in Her Own Name: Women as Homesteaders in North Dakota, by H. Elaine Lindgren. Read the rest of this entry »

NWHM’s Lecture Series Continues with a talk from Dolores Hayden of Yale

February 15th, 2012

Grand Domestic Revolution: Recovering the Forgotten History of

Feminism and Housing Design

Dolores Hayden

Professor of Architecture and Urbanism Professor of American Studies

Yale University

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 – Lecture, 4-5:30 p.m. – Fifth Floor Conference Room

Reception, 5:30-6 p.m., Fifth Floor Dining Room

Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20004


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Valentines for the National Women’s History Museum

February 14th, 2012

by Cathy Pickles, NWHM staff member

February 14th is the day set aside for the celebration of romantic love in our country. I’d like to acknowledge the love the National Women’s History Museum has gotten from a number of state legislatures in the form of resolutions supporting our establishment. The latest such Valentine came from Virginia on February 7th. Similar motions were adopted recently in Rhode Island, Vermont and Michigan. This brings the total number of pending and passed resolutions supporting the Museum to 15, which also include: Read the rest of this entry »

We All Know the Liberty Bell, but have you heard of the “Justice Bell?”

February 8th, 2012

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By Cathy Pickles, NWHM staff member

I just spent a wonderful weekend in Philadelphia, which included a long overdue pilgrimage to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. There is something deeply stirring about being in the presence of such a potent symbol of the struggle for our nation’s independence. But it was a display a few yards from the venerable bell itself which both taught me a valuable history lesson and literally made my heart swell with pride. It was the story of the “Justice Bell” financed by a Pennsylvania suffragist in 1915.

Katharine Wentworth Ruschenberger commissioned a replica of the Liberty Bell to help spread the cause of woman suffrage in Pennsylvania. The inscription on the bell likened the denial of votes for women to the tyranny of English rule which fueled the American Revolution. It differed from its brother only in that it lacked a crack and bore the inscription, Establish Justice. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: ‘The Lives of Margaret Fuller’ by John Matteson

February 6th, 2012

Article appeared in the LA Times on February 5, 2012:

By Laura Skandera Trombley, Special to the Los Angeles Times February 5, 2012
The Lives of Margaret Fuller
A Biography
John Matteson
W.W. Norton: 510 pp., $32.95

Margaret Fuller didn’t need to wear a meat dress to attract attention.

This socially awkward New Englander, this unabashed questioner and critic, this woman of not just her time but every time since, was an individual of such soaring intellect and opinion that her contemporaries—Emerson, Thoreau, Greeley, Poe and Hawthorne among them—regarded her with varying degrees of respect and antipathy.
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Title IX’s 40th Anniversary!

February 6th, 2012

Article from the Washington Post 02/02/2012

Cornell McClellan, Obama’s personal trainer, talks work outs and women’s sports

Cornell McClellan, personal trainer to the Obama family, on Capitol Hill Wednesday. (Edwin Rios/Medill)

The surprise star of Wednesday’s celebration of female athletes? A 54-year-old grandfather.

Not just any grandfather, of course: We’re talking about Cornell McClellan, the super enthusiastic personal trainer of the president, first lady and their daughters. Yup, he’s the guy responsible for the first lady’s famously toned arms.

“They lead by example,“ McClellan said at the Capitol Hill celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. “The White House is full of energy. The first family is definitely walking, running and skipping the talk.” Read the rest of this entry »

Ada Byron Lovelace, World’s “First Programmer,” could be profiled in Walter Issacson’s Next Book

February 1st, 2012

Walter Issacson, whose book about the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs  has gained tremendous acclaim, has vacated his position as chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors to devote more time to his next “big writing project.”   What’s the big project you ask? According to the Washington Post, the book will chronicle the history of the digital age, from the famous Ada Byron Lovelace to the present.

Lovelace was the only legitimate child of the 19th century British poet Lord Byron. She is sometimes credited as the world’s first computer programmer and is known for her work on Charles Babbage’s  analytical engine, early mechanical general-purpose computer. Between 1842 and 1843, she translated an article by Italian mathematician Luigi Menabrea on the engine and supplemented the translation with her own notes. Her notes are largely recognized as the first computer program.

Right Here I See My Own Books-March 2, 2012

February 1st, 2012

Right Here I See My Own Books Detailed Itinerary for Universities

The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress in partnership with the National Women’s History Museum and the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies  is hosting a special presentation of Right Here I See My Own Books: The Woman’s Building Library at the World’s Columbian Exposition (University of Massachusetts Press January 2012). The book’s co-authors, Sarah Wadsworth, associate professor of English at Marquette University and Wayne A. Wiegand, F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies Emeritus at Florida State University, will be presenting on Friday, March 2 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, (10 First Street, S.E. Washington, DC), Whittall Pavilion. This is going to be a very special event with Right Here I See My Own Books offering new insights about this first effort to assemble a comprehensive library of women’s texts at the end of the 19th Century.


The Woman’s Building at the Columbian Exposition housed the Library featuring over 8,000 books written by women.  While American women wrote the majority of the books, women from other countries were also represented at this World’s Fair and their books spanned women’s writings from the 15th through the 19th Centuries. An interesting note is that one of our Coalition members, the American Library Association, headquartered in Chicago, participated in the construction of the original library in the Woman’s Building. One of the major benefits of the authors’ research for the book has once again gathered the titles of the books that were in the Library of the Woman’s Building. Using the power of the Internet, the authors are placing the information in an online database so that it can be accessed by researchers, students and those interested in women’s history throughout the world! Read the rest of this entry »