A new Pew Research Center study has found that the number of Americans who receive their news primarily from social media including Twitter and Facebook is increasing. More people are encountering and interacting with news posts in their feeds. A record 63% of users say that these platforms serve as a source of information beyond family and friends. On the heels of this study, the historical stories of remarkable women shared on social media are engaging people in conversations like never before. NWHM’s Facebook page is on the cusp of surpassing 250,000 Likes, and the posts’ average weekly reach is 4.4 million and rising. NWHM’s most popular post tells the story of May Edward Chinn, the first African American woman to graduate from Bellevue Hospital Medical College in New York City. (http://on.fb.me/1HuQme7) This post reached more than 4 million people. More importantly, it generated 66,780 Likes, 21,763 shares, and more than 6,000 comments across all of the pages to which it was shared. The comments express admiration for Dr. Chinn, regret that she was not recognized in her time, and inspiration drawn from her accomplishments. Social media is demonstrating tremendous power to connect people with their history. Rather than passively consuming historical news, NWHM’s Facebook fans use it to frame their own experiences and better understand their lives. If you haven’t already “liked” our page, navigate to https://www.facebook.com/womenshistory and join the conversation.
Archive for July, 2015
Book Discussion: “Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography”
Sunday, August 30, 2015, 3:00 PM
St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub
2300 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA
Our August book discussion will be on Jean Harvey Baker’s seminal biography, ‘Mary Todd Lincoln’. We will meet at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub in Alexandria, VA.
“This definitive biography of Mary Todd Lincoln beautifully conveys her tumultuous life and times. A privileged daughter of the proud clan that founded Lexington, Kentucky, Mary fell into a stormy romance with the raw Illinois attorney Abraham Lincoln. For twenty-five years the Lincolns forged opposing temperaments into a tolerant, loving marriage. Even as the nation suffered secession and civil war, Mary experienced the tragedies of losing three of her four children and then her husband. An insanity trial orchestrated by her surviving son led to her confinement in an asylum. Mary Todd Lincoln is still often portrayed in one dimension, as the stereotype of the best-hated faults of all women. Here her life is restored for us whole.”
Coming? RSVP to: http://nwhm.ticketleap.com/nwhm-book-club-mary-todd-lincoln/
Movie Night: Selma
Thursday, August 27, 2015, 6:00 p.m. EST
Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, VA 22307
NWHM will host a viewing of the Oscar-nominated movie Selma, followed by a brief discussion. Afterwards, we’ll talk about women’s roles in the Civil Rights Movement as well as how they are remembered in popular history. The event will be held at the Martha Washington Library in Alexandria, VA in the large meeting room. Popcorn and drinks will be included!
Synopsis: Selma chronicles Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.
Coming? RSVP to: http://nwhm.ticketleap.com/movie-night-selma/
Viola Davis, Diane Warren, and Gale Anne Hurd to be honored
Los Angeles, CA – July 15, 2015 – On Saturday, September 19th, 2015, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) and its Los Angeles Regional Council, will host an exclusive brunch to commemorate the achievements of women and to generate awareness of the Museum and the importance of preserving women’s history. NWHM’s mission is to educate, inspire, empower, and shape the future by integrating women’s distinctive history into the culture and history of the United States. A key element of advancing that mission is to build a world-class museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
This year’s honorees are accomplished and critically acclaimed actress and philanthropist Viola Davis, Grammy winning songwriter Diane Warren, and award–winning producer Gale Anne Hurd. Through their philanthropic and professional endeavors, each of these women are outstanding examples of what women can accomplish.
“We are delighted to join with our LA Council to honor these three remarkable women,” says Joan Wages, NWHM President and CEO. “The countless achievements and contributions women have made in shaping this nation have been left out of the historical narrative and it’s beyond time to correct the record. We are committed to integrating women’s history into the American mainstream; in doing so, we will ensure that future generations will recognize the tremendous value women bring to society.”
The event will be held at the Skirball Cultural Center – 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. This event is presented by Glamour. Other sponsors include Essie. Red carpet arrivals begin promptly at 10:30 am, program and awards begin at 11:30 am. Music curated by DJ Daisy O’Dell.
For more information on NWHM or to become a member, please visit http://www.nwhm.org.
About the National Women’s History Museum
Founded in 1996, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM, Inc.) is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the general public about the diverse historic contributions of women and raising awareness about the critical need for a national women’s history museum in our nation’s capital. Currently located online at www.nwhm.org, the Museum’s goal is to build a world-class, permanent museum on or near the National Mall that will herald and display the collective history of American women. A Congressional Commission has been established that is charged with producing a feasible plan, which would include the governance, fundraising, location and organizational structure of the museum. For additional information visit NWHM.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Glamour is the biggest fashion and beauty magazine brand in its competitive set, reaching an all-time high of one out of eight American women, with 12.2 million print readers and 9 million unique users online. Glamour has received a record number of National Magazine Awards, including Magazine of the Year, honoring print and digital excellence, and General Excellence for its category. Its content is available in an iPad edition, apps, podcasts, and books—including two New York Times best sellers. In 2013 Glamour launched its video channel, which now boasts 43 video series and has received substantial critical accolades, including a 2014 National Magazine Award for Video and a Television Academy honor. In 2014 Glamour launched Lipstick.com, Glamour’s stand-alone beauty site and Condé Nast’s first-ever digital spin-off. With a robust social strategy across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, Google+, and Tumblr, Glamour’s total social media footprint is at a record high of 52 million touchpoints. For more information, visit Glamour.com.
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