Archive for March, 2013

Joan Wages on “Best Ever You”

March 13th, 2013

On March 12, 2013, NWHM President & CEO Joan Wages was a guest on the radio show “Best Ever You.”

Click here to listen to the interview: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/besteveryou/2013/03/12/national-womens-history-museum–nwhm.

Celebrating the Spirit of the 1913 Suffrage Parade, 100 Years Later (Continued)

March 13th, 2013

NWHM Staff strike a pose before the March starts

At 3:20 pm on Monday, March 3, 1913, 5,000 marchers, who had descended on Washington, DC in a public testament to their determination to secure the vote for women, began their march down Pennsylvania Avenue. Their destination: The White House. In the lead was lawyer and outspoken suffragist Inez Millholland, dressed in a long flowing white cape and sitting atop her horse, “Grey Dawn.”

One hundred years later, on Sunday March 3, 2013, some 5,000 marchers that included women from all over the US, began that same journey down Pennsylvania Avenue in honor of the courageous suffragists who helped secure the rights we enjoy today.

The parade, organized by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in honor of the original 22 founders who marched in the 1913 parade, featured a cross-section of women from Alaska and Ohio to England and Finland. Members, staff and friends of The National Women’s History Museum marched proudly down Penn. Ave, carrying the memories of the suffragists who stood in the same place a century before and fought their way through a surging mob of men who heckled and attacked them.

The parade began at 9am with speeches from Delta Sorority leaders and from NWHM President & CEO, Joan Wages. Delta sisters from all across the US led the parade, which ended at the National Monument.

Marching down Penn Ave.

Although it would take another seven years for American women to secure the vote, the 1913 Suffrage parade was a turning point in the movement largely due to the coverage of the violence that broke out. Americans who had little exposure to the movement or only a marginal interest were suddenly galvanized by images and accounts of the abuse that the peaceful marchers endured.

NWHM would like to thank everyone who came out in the cold on Sunday, March 3rd to participate in the parade and support the Museum!

Watch this video to learn more about the 1913 Suffrage parade in Washington, DC.

National Survey Released Last Night Shows Overwhelming Majority Supports a National Women’s History Museum

March 8th, 2013

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Women’s history is largely missing from our national story – even today, little is in history textbooks, school curricula, national parks or museums.  Polling results released today confirm that two-thirds of the American people think our nation should have a National Women’s History Museum.  They also affirm it should reside on the National Mall alongside our other national Museums.

The polling was done by Lake Research Partners, a nationally recognized polling firm.  The poll reflects responses from 1008 people – 51% women and 49% men, consistent with the national population.  The data came from respondents with a wide diversity by geography, levels of education, age and income.

“We are thrilled these polling results confirm there is huge support for our efforts to establish the National Women’s History Museum on, or close to, the National Mall.  We are pleased, but not surprised, they show men as well as women equally support this effort,”  said NWHM President & CEO Joan Wages .

“We believe the more people learn about the full contribution women have made in all areas of life; personal and professional, as innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs, pioneers in industry and professions as well as in the home and family, that society overall will benefit. Individuals once hearing about the many contributions women have made and are making to America, are surprised at what they don’t know.  Women’s contributions to the building of our nation, from the very start, deserve their place on the Mall where we as a nation show what we honor.  We are pleased the public agrees.”

Yesterday, Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced legislation that would create a commission to identify a permanent home for the Museum on or close to the National Mall.  The commission will be privately funded.  Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) are introducing the companion Senate bill.   The survey and the introduction of legislation will be announced this evening at a congressional reception being held to honor the new women members of Congress and the Senate.

*About the National Women’s History Museum
Founded in 1996, The National Women’s History Museum is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the diverse historic contributions of women and integrating this rich heritage fully into our nation’s history, currently located online at www.nwhm.org. Legislation is underway to purchase federally owned land on which to build the National Women’s History Museum. The site will border several of the nation’s most iconic museums on the National Mall. A coalition of 47 business and professional women’s organizations representing eight million members supports NWHM’s efforts for a permanent site, along with 50,000 members who have supported the Museum. The women’s coalition has publicly advocated for building the Museum near the National Mall. NWHM is a 501(c) (3) organization.

Happy International Women’s Day!

March 8th, 2013

March 8th is International Women’s Day and marks a time when the world takes pause to celebrate women’s economic, political and social achievements worldwide. Check out this  about the origins of International Women’s Day and National Women’s History Month!

Then tell us what women in YOUR life have inspired you and why!

Celebrating the Spirit of 1913 Suffrage Parade, 100 Years Later

March 4th, 2013

By: Carey C. Shuart, NWHM Board Chair

Carey C. Shuart

My participation in the Centennial Celebration of the 1913 Suffrage Parade yesterday would have pleased and amazed my grandmother, Blanche Epsy Chenoweth. Blanche was an educator and activist in Chicago in the 1920s and 30s. She might also be amazed that women are still fighting to secure a permanent Museum to house their collective and individual stories, 50 years after her death in 1960.

Although yesterday’s parade was educational, festive and colorful, much like the original parade in 1913, the fact that there is currently no museum in our nation’s capitol to tell those brave suffragist’s stories, underscores the great need for a National Women’s History Museum. Out of the 17,000 museums that exist in the US, women still lack a central space in which narratives that highlight their challenges, successes, ingenuity and unique experiences in building this nation, are heralded to the world. Our foremother’s stories, artifacts, archives and remembrances are begging for a permanent home in Washington, DC.

My own love for women’s history began over twenty years ago, when in 1990, I had to figure out what to do with a box of radio scripts and documents that my grandmother had left with a note that demanded, “DO NOT THROW AWAY.” The realization that there were others with archives encouraged me to found a Women’s Archive and Research Center at the University of Houston to gather and preserve these documents and photographs. The collection is now the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archive and Research Collection in the UH Libraries Special Collection.

Several years ago, when I became involved with the NWHM effort to build a permanent home for women’s history in Washington D.C., I wanted my home state of Texas to have a presence in this important cause. After joining the Museum and eventually participating on the Advisory Board, I have met members from all over the US and am continually compelled by the enthusiastic growth of participants and interest.

I encourage you to join our organization and consider hosting an event in your city to help spread the word about this important cause. Women are 51% of the US population and we need your help in making sure their history, America’s history, is both celebrated and passed on to the next generations.