Archive for October, 2013

#FoodieFriday: Women’s Role in Breaking the Cycle of Food Insecurity

October 18th, 2013

In this week’s #FoodieFriday, we look at a video highlighting the wonderful work that Women for Women International is doing to empower women and their communities. Did you know that women play a vital role in breaking the cycle of food insecurity? Find out how in this poignant video:

Don’t forget to check in with us for next week’s #FoodieFriday.

Female Senators the Driving Force in Ending the Government Shutdown

October 17th, 2013
The Huffington Post has a really interesting article up that credits women in the Senate for driving the compromise that brought about the end of the government shutdown. Yet another example of how women have always (and continue to) shape history and our nation!Full story:

“Men Got Us Into The Shutdown, Women Got Us Out”

Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) said on Wednesday afternoon that their female colleagues can take most of the credit for driving the compromise that is expected to temporarily reopen the U.S. government and raise the debt ceiling before Thursday’s deadline.

“Leadership, I must fully admit, was provided primarily from women in the Senate,” McCain said after the bipartisan deal was announced.

Pryor said that people sometimes like to joke about women in leadership, but he is a huge fan of his female colleagues after watching them negotiate. “The truth is, women in the Senate is a good thing,” he said. “We’re all just glad they allowed us to tag along so we could see how it’s done.”

Following weeks of stagnation, The New York Times reported on Monday that a bipartisan group of women senators was playing a crucial role in opening discussions between Republicans and Democrats over how to move forward and reopen the government. Out of the 14 senators on the bipartisan committee that laid the framework for the debt deal, six were women. Susan Collins (R-Maine) started the group, and Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) took part in negotiations.

“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that women were so heavily involved in trying to end this stalemate,” Collins told The New York Times. “Although we span the ideological spectrum, we are used to working together in a collaborative way.”

Klobuchar said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday that the friendships the Senate women have developed will help them work together to craft a long-term budget without the counterproductive barbs that some politicians throw at each other when they don’t agree.

“The 20 women in the Senate have formed such strong friendships of trust, even though we come from different places, that I’m very hopeful as we go forward with Patty Murray, head of the Budget Committee, Barbara Mikulski, head of Approprations,” Klobuchar said. “Those relationships are going to make a difference as we get into what matters, which is the long-term budget.”

#ThrowbackThursday: Roseanne Turns 25

October 17th, 2013

by Elissa Blattman, Project Assistant

Roseanne premiered on television on October 18, 1988 – 25 years ago tomorrow.  During its first season, it was second in the ratings behind only The Cosby Show.  By its second season, it was number one.  It spent six of its nine seasons in the top five.  Not bad for a show that told the proverbial sitcom family to shove off.

Roseanne was a groundbreaking sitcom on many levels.  It dealt with issues such as domestic violence, child abuse, birth control, teen pregnancy, drugs, racial prejudice, body image, mental illness, and family dysfunction.  It did so, sometimes for the first time in primetime, in a way that felt real and honest to many viewers.  It had two homosexual regular characters, and was the first show to promote LGBT rights, the first to feature a lesbian kiss (1994) and the first to feature a gay marriage (1995). Read the rest of this entry »

“A New Order: Change for Women in the U.S. Military”

October 16th, 2013

If you were unable to join us on Oct. 2nd for the first forum in our joint lecture series with

The George Washington University, you can view the video below:

Part II:

2013 de Pizan Photos

October 15th, 2013

The 2013 de Pizan Honors lives on! If you weren’t able to join us last Wednesday for the festivities check out these great photos below from the event.

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NWHM’s de Pizan Honors Covered by “The Hill”

October 11th, 2013

Former President Johnson’s daughter: ‘I swore I would never marry a politician’

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By Patrick Mortiere – 10/11/13 12:46 PM ET

After growing up with a president for a dad, Lynda Bird Johnson Robb wanted to make sure she would tie the knot with a decidedly non-political mate. But things don’t always go quite as planned.

“When I married this young man, I swore I would never marry a politician. And I married him for better or for worse, and that’s what I got,” the daughter of the late President Johnson told The Hill with a smile Wednesday at the National Women’s History Museum’s (NWHM) de Pizan Honors in downtown Washington.

It’s now been nearly half a century since the one-time first daughter took the plunge with former governor and Sen. Charles Robb (D-Va.). “Well, 46 years. I never thought I would be in politics again, and it wasn’t my choice, but I chose the man,” Johnson Robb, 69, said as her longtime hubby stood beside her.

Johnson Robb was on-hand at the NWHM’s third annual awards gala to honor “The Cosby Show” actress Phylicia Rashad, singer Denyce Graves and radiologist Dr. Etta Pisano.

The NWHM has spent years pushing Congress to create a commission to designate a permanent home on the National Mall for its efforts.

While the VIP crowd gathered for the swank awards ceremony, the partial government shutdown wasn’t far from many attendees’ minds.

When asked how it felt to be back in Washington under the unusual circumstances, Rashad, a Howard University graduate replied, “It’s shut down. People are the same, you know? The people are the same.”

Photos: (top) Former Sen. Chuck Robb, Denyce Graves and her daughter, Ella Thomas-Montgomery, and Lynda Bird Johnson Robb; (below) Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Phylicia Rashad / Courtesy of Neshan H. Naltchayan

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Happy International Day of the Girl from NWHM!

October 11th, 2013

A Night of Celebration and Inspiration at NWHM’s 3rd Annual de Pizan Honors

October 10th, 2013

By: Sydnee C. Winston, Project Coordinator

Honorees Denyce Graves, Dr. Etta Pisano & Phylicia Rashad with Joan Wages

History merged with the present on the evening of Oct. 9th, as NWHM and guests celebrated the tremendous achievements of its 2013 de Pizan Honorees Phylicia Rashad, Dr. Etta Pisano, Denyce Graves, and Ken Burns, as well as the legacies of Lena Horne, Dr. Helen Taussig and Marian Anderson. Over 200 guests filled the Fischandler auditorium at  Arena Stage in Washington, DC, where they took part in an eye-opening experience that celebrated American women who have enriched the fabric of our nation through their life’s work. Phylicia Rashad was the recipient of the Lena Horne Living Legacy Award, Dr. Etta Pisano won the Dr. Helen Taussig Living Legacy Award, Denyce Graves received the Marian Anderson Living Legacy Award and Ken Burns won the Henry Blackwell Award. Comedy duo Frangela made their third appearance as the program’s emcees and kept the audience in stitches.

A major highlight of the evening were the heart-felt and stirring acceptance speeches given by each honoree. Each spoke to value and importance of honoring and telling the rich and diverse stories of the women who built this nation. They also reflected on inspirational women in their own lives.

Frangela keeps the audience in stitches!

“Too often, women’s history is marginalized as a separate, politically correct, addendum to American history,” said Ken Burns. “Marian Anderson’s voice was so powerful that music just happened to be the vehicle thru which we knew her,” noted Denyce Graves.  “Women in STEM find it too hard to succeed…I’ll work hard to change what’s possible for women and girls in science,” declared Dr. Pisano. “Where the women go, the culture goes, and it’s important to commemorate the contributions women make each day,” said Phylicia Rashad.

Prior to the program the Museum held a silent auction with a number of exciting prizes including a series of hand-crafted hats designed by Laura Spears, a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Austin’s MFA program in design and technology, a Washington Redskins package, an Ultimate National’s Baseball fan package, a weekend in Miami and Broadway in New York City, among other prizes. Frangela announced the lucky winners at the end of the show.

Guests also enjoyed a beautiful reception  with an eclectic and delicious menu that included, grilled chicken, roast beef, snapper, macaroons, fruit, cheese and much more.

NWHM would like to thank all who were able to attend the show and to give a special thanks to the event’s honorary co-chairs, Senator Elizabeth Dole and Mrs. Lyda Bird Johnson Robb. We’d also like to thank our all of our sponsors.

Please check our Facebook page for an upcoming album with lots of fun photos from the evening!

NWHM’s “de Pizan Honors” Covered by The GEORGETOWNER

October 10th, 2013

Check out this wonderful article about NWHM de Pizan Honors last night in The GEORGETOWNER.

Women’s History Museum: Reclaiming Missing Half of the Story

In many ways, even though there is still no such thing as an actual, physical place called the National Women’s History Museum, it’s been something of a banner year for NWHM supporters, who number in the hundreds of thousands.

You could see it in the spring when legislation to create a federal commission to determine the feasibility of constructing a National Women’s History Museum was introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, introducing a companion bill in the Senate. The hope is through successful lobbying for the legislation and private funding that a museum will rise and come to fruition hopefully within five to seven years, and that women would be the principal designers and architects.

You could see it in May, when Joan Bradley Wages, president and CEO of the National Women’s History Museum, and Steven Knapp, president of the George Washington University, signed a memorandum of agreement to collaborate on public programs that will engage the local community on topics of historical relevance to women, called “Initiating Change/Adapting to Change.” The first program took place Oct. 2 with a lecture focusing on the hot topic issue of women in the military, a forum on “A New Order: Change for Women in the U.S. Military,” with Leisa Meyer of the College of William and Mary and retired USAF Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught, president of the board of directors of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, Inc., moderated by journalist and columnist Eleanor Clift.

An even more vivid manifestation of the identity and effectiveness of the NWHM will take place Wednesday, Oct. 9, with the Third Annual NWH’s presentation of its 2013 Living Legacy Awards, the de Pizan Honors ceremony at the Mead Center for American Theatre at Arena Stage. The event and gala, chaired by former Senator and past president of the Red Cross Elizabeth Hanford Dole, a former de Pizan recipient, and former Virginia First Lady Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, daughter of President Lyndon Johnson. Read the rest of this entry »

#ThrowbackThursday: Post-de Pizan 2013 Edition

October 10th, 2013

By Elissa Blattman: Project Assistant

Yesterday we held our 3rd annual de Pizan Honors!  The event went really well and was a blast!  A special thanks goes out to those of you who attended.  We’re still in the de Pizan mood here at the Museum, so this week’s Throwback Thursday post is all about our honorees.  Below you can find the list of this year’s honorees and the awards they were given, as well as some of our favorite clips that show off their work!

Denyce Graves - Marian Anderson Living Legacy Award
Dr. Etta Pisano - Dr. Helen Taussig Living Legacy Award
Phylicia Rashad - Lena Horne Living Legacy Award
Ken Burns - Henry Blackwell Award

Marian Anderson

Denyce Graves

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