Archive for July, 2012

NWHM Ventures into Volunteerism

July 27th, 2012

Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another. (Erma Bombeck)

So far, it’s been a busy summer at NWHM.  We have been working diligently on our Congressional legislation and on creating new online exhibits. But perhaps the most exciting development has been the creation of a volunteer structure for the Museum. Many of our members and friends have asked what they can do for the Museum. Until recently, these requests outweighed our ability to handle them. That was until we met the fabulous Joanie Moser.

Joanie joined NWHM as our volunteer Volunteer Coordinator in May. Her passion for women’s history stems from meeting a fantastic, inspiring women in 1973 who marched in the 1913 Suffrage parade in Washington, D.C. Joanie was a Volunteer Director for a local Red Cross Chapter. She brings enthusiasm, a passion for the Museum’s mission and a great sense of humor to NWHM and we are grateful and ecstatic to have her.

Would you like to get more involved with the Museum? We have a number of volunteer opportunities available whether you live in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area or anywhere else in the nation.  Some of these include: promoting the Museum in your community, organizing local membership drives, holding or sponsoring a fundraising event, assisting at an event in your area, writing or researching educational material, writing lesson plans for online exhibits, calling TV stations to get our public service ads on TV and assisting with general office tasks in our Virginia office.

Volunteers are absolutely essential for the success of building our Museum and education programs. If you want to donate your time toward making a permanent home for women’s history in our nation’s capital, please follow this link below to the volunteer page on our website. You will find another link to our volunteer application at the end of the second paragraph. Once we have received your completed form, we will contact you right away to discuss your interests.

NWHM Volunteer Page

Make helping tell American women’s stories part of your story!

NWHM Launches New PSA Campaign: “Don’t Tell Me I Can’t”

July 24th, 2012

NWHM Celebrates the Life of Sally Ride

July 24th, 2012

NWHM is saddened by the passing of trailblazing astronaut Sally Ride. Ride was an inspiration for many young girls and women in the country and abroad and she was also a friend of the Museum and our first spokesperson.

At a time when careers in space were dominated by men, Ride blasted into orbit aboard the space shuttle Challenger on June 18, 1983. At 32 years old, she became the first American woman to enter space.  Since then, 42 other American women have flown in space.

Ride passed on Monday at her home in the San Diego community of La Jolla. She was 61 years old and had battled pancreatic cancer for the last 17 months.

Ride’s groundbreaking journey into space began back in 1977, when she answered a newspaper ad placed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  Realizing that technological and scientific skills were as important to the future of the Space Program as good pilots, NASA began a search for young scientists to serve as “mission specialists” on future space flights.  She was one of only five women selected for NASA’s class of ’78. Her natural athletic ability was an incredible asset as she trained with NASA in 1977.  Parachute jumping and water survival training accompanied her technical and scientific instruction.  On June 18, 1983 the space shuttle Challenger was launched for the six-day mission STS-7.  Ride was one of the five crewmembers aboard, becoming the first American woman in space.

NWHM sends its heartfelt condolences to Dr. Sally Ride’s family. Her work and life achievement serve as an inspiration to us and we will continue to tell her story to future generations.

SW D.C. Ecodistrict would transform 110 acres between National Mall and Waterfront

July 13th, 2012
Staff Reporter- Washington Business Journal

The federal government’s big green plan for a 110-acre swath of Southwest D.C. would ramp up development by as much as 5 million square feet while shrinking the area’s impact on the environment.

The National Capital Planning Commission on Thursday released its public draft report on the SW Ecodistrict — its plan to transform the space between the National Mall and the Southwest waterfront. The authors say the plan could result in an additional 2.8 million square feet of office space, 1.8 million square feet of residential and hotel space, up to five sites for new cultural buildings or memorials, and 14.3 acres of new or improved parks and plazas. It would reconnect the street grid, create 17 new intersections and expand the rail corridor, while at the same time drastically reducing environmental impact.

Bounded by Independence Avenue to the north, Maine Avenue to the south, 12th Street to the west and 4th Street to the east, the Ecodistrict encompasses 15 blocks, the Southwest Freeway, L’Enfant Promenade, eight federal buildings, eight private buildings and two federal parks.

The report (Summary PDF) breaks the Ecodistrict into four sections: Independence Quarter, the 10th Street corridor and Banneker Park, the Maryland Avenue and 7th Street corridors, and the Southwest Freeway.

In the 20-acre Independence Quarter, the report suggests setting aside 1.8 million square feet for a new Department of Energy headquarters, redeveloping the Forrestal Complex, developing under-used parcels, decking over the 12th Street tunnel and ramp, and leaving a prominent site for the National Women’s History Museum. The work, the report claims, will yield more than 2 million square feet of development. Read the rest of this entry »

Maine Sen. Collins’ Voting Streak Approaches 5,000

July 11th, 2012

According to the Associated Press, Senator Susan Collins, Maine (R), who has been NWHM’s Senate Bill sponsor, has never missed a vote since taking office in January 1997. Her voting streak is quickly approaching 5,000. Collins’ commitment to being present for all voting sessions is so unwavering that she even scheduled her upcoming wedding for the August recess, just to be safe!

Senator Collins is one of only two sitting Senators to have a voter streak. Republican Chuck Grassley of Iowa has a record 6,444 consecutive votes dating back to 1993.

Collins’ credits her supporters in Maine saying, “It demonstrates to my constituents my unwavering commitment to my job. I also think the people of Maine have a great work ethic and that they relate to it. They’re very diligent about showing up for work and meeting their obligations. They’re happy that I feel the same way,” said Collins.

Click here to read the full article.

Lillian Wald Featured in NYC Museum Exhibitions

July 3rd, 2012

Lillian Wald (courtesy of Visiting Nurse Service of New York)

The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) has honored the life and legacy of its founder, Lillian Wald, the “mother of public health nursing,” by loaning historical artifacts and archival photographs to New York City museums.

Lillian Wald and her 1893 establishing of VNSNY — the nation’s largest not-for-profit home and community-based health care organization — are featured in Activist New York, the inaugural show in the Museum of the City of New York’s new Puffin Foundation Gallery for Social Activism. The museum, located at 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd Street in Manhattan, is open seven days a week, 10-6 p.m.  Activist New York will remain on view until May 2014.

VNSNY also collaborated with Yeshiva University Museum, lending artifacts and photos for an additional exhibition featuring Wald and VNSNY history. Entitled “Trail of the Magic Bullet:  The Jewish Encounter with Modern Medicine, 1860 to 1960,” this show runs through August 12, 2012. Yeshiva University Museum is located in the Center for Jewish History at 15 West 16th Street near Union Square in Manhattan. 2013 marks the 120th anniversary of Lillian Wald’s founding of VNSNY on New York’s Lower East Side.

Here is a link to a brief video that tells the story.