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Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney Talks about NWHM’s Efforts on “Melissa Harris-Perry Show”

January 14th, 2014

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“de Pizan” Memory Lane: 2011 & 2012

October 8th, 2013

The 2013 de Pizan Honors is just one day away! As we continue to countdown to the event, we thought it would be fun to take a stroll down memory lane with a look at past de Pizan Honors.

Do you remember Dr. Maya Angelou’s poignant acceptance speech last year? She won the Gwendolyn Brooks Living Legacy Award:

Watch 2012 Dorothea Lange Living Legacy Award Winner, Annie Leibovitz, reflect on the importance of women’s history:

Check out these photos of 2012 Honorees,Richard Rhodes(Henry Blackwell Award), Elizabeth Dole (Clara Barton Living Legacy Award),

Annie Leibovitz and NWHM President & CEO, Joan Wages

2011 & 2012 de Pizan Honors Emcees: Frangela

2011 Ida B. Wells Living Legacy Award Winner Cathy Hughes

2011 Admiral Grace Hopper Living Legacy Award Winner Helen Griener

2011 Hedy Lamarr Living Legacy Award Winner Marissa Mayer

Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for the 2013 de Pizan Honors if you haven’t yet!

Countdown to the 2013 “de Pizan” Honors: Who was Chistine de Pizan?

October 7th, 2013

NWHM’s 3rd annual de Pizan Honors is just two days away! On Wednesday, Oct. 9th we will be honoring Dr. Etta Pisano, Phylicia Rashad, The Honorable Sally Jewell and Denyce Graves for their remarkable contributions to the world. We’ll also be posthumously honoring Dr. Helen Taussig, Lena Horne, Rachel Carson and Marian Anderson. While many people have heard of some or all of these honorees, many people have never heard of Christine de Pizan, the brilliant woman for which the de Pizan Honors is named after.

So, just who was Christine de Pizan and why did we feel she was so important that we named an award after her?

Christine de Pizan had a very unusual upbringing for a girl living in 14th century Italy. She was born to a prominent family in Italy circa 1364 and moved to Paris as a child where she received a good education thanks to her father. She married at the age of fifteen but was a widow at twenty-five. Christine wrote poetry after the death of her husband in 1389 as a way to support her three children.

Her transition from courtly poetry to more serious subjects was evident in The Letter of Othea the Goddess that highlights the legacies of wise women from history and myth and begins to develop the theme of the intrinsic worth of women. She devoted most of her life to rigorous study, and is considered the first professional woman writer in Europe, as well as the first woman publisher and the first woman of letters in France.

Her most famous work was also her most eloquent defense of women, A Book of the City of Ladies, in 1405. Christine challenged the prevailing misogynist arguments of the day among men that women were inferior. She also argued for equal education of women and that they are capable of learning law and science and should become warriors, artists, inventors and teachers.

The date and place of Christine’s death is not known but it is believed to be in 1430 or 1431. She is included in two important books about French women authors published in 1786 and 1838, and she continues to fascinate readers and scholars in the twenty-first century.

Christine is revered as the first woman to write about Western women’s history. The National Women’s History Museum is dedicated to continuing Christine de Pizan’s work of documenting women’s history and we are proud to present the Honors in her name.

If you haven’t purchased your tickets for the 2013 de Pizan Honors yet, there’s still time!

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NWHM Featured in The Washington Post

October 7th, 2013

Check out this Washington Post article about NWHM published on October 4th.

The first official act in what became the National Women’s History Museum was to help get the statue of suffragettes Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony moved from the Capitol crypt to the Capitol Rotunda in 1997.

Some of those involved in that effort decided to try to secure a permanent place for women’s history on the Mall. The National Women’s History Museum was incorporated in 1997 “with the mission to bring women’s history back to our mainstream,” says Joan Wages, a founding board member and president of the National Women’s History Museum since 2007. That effort is nearly 20 years old. Legislation to study the museum’s feasibility has never passed both houses of Congress. Wages says supporters are still advocating, raising money and spreading the word.


In the past decade, bills to study the feasibility of the National Women’s History Museum have passed the House and the Senate, but never in the same session. Measures to establish a privately funded congressional commission to explore possible museum sites were introduced to the House and the Senate in February. Seventeen of the 20 women in the Senate co-sponsored the bill.


Wages won’t give exact figures on how much has been raised. The commission to study the museum’s feasibility is expected to cost $1 million. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is set to open on the Mall in 2015, is costing an estimated $500 million, but “they are a bigger museum than what we’ve anticipated. We’re hoping we could do it for $400 million,” Wages says. They won’t have a good estimate until they identify the possible land, or an existing building. There are more than 50,000 museum members across the country, but “the really big gifts will not come until we have the site. Until there’s bricks and mortar, or solid ground that we can point to,” Wages says.


Upcoming lectures in partnership with George Washington University include women in the military Nov. 12 and women in sports in February. An Oct. 9 fundraising gala will honor opera singer Denyce Graves, actress Phylicia Rashad, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and Etta Pisano, a pioneer in radiology and breast imaging.

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Joan Wages Featured on “Woman Around Town”

August 27th, 2013

NWHM President & CEO, Joan Wages, was featured in an article yesterday on “Woman Around Town.” The article explored the history of the American Woman Suffrage Movement as well as NWHM’s challenges in building a museum in the nation’s capitol. Click the photo below to read the article.

NWHM Hires New Director of Programs

January 15th, 2013

The National Women’s History Museum brought on its newest staff member, Elizabeth Maurer, on Monday as the Museum’s Director of Programs.  The Museum is delighted to have Ms. Maurer join the staff and trusts that her expertise will help to further develop and improve current Museum programs, and create new and enriching programs that will have a positive impact on the public.

Maurer was most recently the Director of Re-Living History in Alexandria, VA. There, she developed and presented public programs matched to K-12 state and national standards for science, history, and civics. She also created comprehensive, educational curriculums in various content areas and developed and lead teacher workshops combining subject matter content and innovative teaching strategies.

From March 2008 to May 2010, she was the  Director of Operations at the National Museum of Crime and Punishment in Washington. As Director, she researched, wrote and designed comprehensive educational curriculum in history, civics and science. She supervised the Museum’s Forensic Science programs and established program goals and objectives to meet national curriculum standards while employing object-based learning techniques. She also devised and implemented a strategic plan to market education programs via social networking, educational products &on-/off-site programs to target audiences, resulting in increased visitation.

Maurer has her Master’s in Teaching with an emphasis in Museum Education from George Washington University.

National Women’s History Museum Selects Texas Social Activist Carey C. Shuart To Serve As Interim Chair

June 15th, 2012


Media Contact:

Jan Du Plain – 202-486-7004



WASHINGTON, DC –June 13, 2012- The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) today announced that it has selected Texas social activist Carey C. Shuart to serve as Interim Chair of the NWHM’s Board of Directors.  A Houston resident, Shuart is Co-Founder of the Women’s Archive and Research Center at the University of Houston and is a Partner in Shuart Farms at Eagle Lake, Texas.

Shuart has served as a board member of NWHM for the past year and is a Patron of the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Houston.  She also founded and served as President of the Friends of Women’s Studies Advisory Board for a number of years and was awarded the Chair’s Award from the University of Houston Alumni Association for her many volunteer contributions to the university.  Shuart’s selection was made at the June 5 meeting of the Board of Directors in Washington, DC. Read the rest of this entry »

National Women’s History Museum Expands Staff And Services

June 14th, 2012


Media Contact:

Jan Du Plain – 202-486-7004


WASHINGTON, DC – June 14, 2012- The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) today announced it has included two new positions designed to expand its services and outreach. The new positions include a special consultant to advise on online exhibits and education programs and a volunteer coordinator to enhance communications with volunteers nationwide.

NWHM announced it has hired Kristen Gwinn-Becker, PhD, founder and CEO, HistoryIT of Chicago, as a special consultant to advise the museum about their online exhibits and education programs.  Dr. Gwinn-Becker will also work with the NWHM Scholars Advisory Committee. Read the rest of this entry »

Website Redesign

May 5th, 2010

Washington, DC—The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) is pleased to announce the launch of its redesigned website at  The redesign coincides with the 13th Anniversary of the move of the Suffrage Statue from the Capitol Crypt into the Rotunda on Mother’s Day, 1997.  The statue of the three founders of the women’s vote campaign—Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Lucretia  Mott—is the first of our foremothers to stand permanently next to our forefathers thereby changing the look of our nation’s heroes. Read the rest of this entry »

New Mission Statement

December 16th, 2009

NWHM has a new mission statement:

The National Women’s History Museum affirms the value of knowing Women’s History, illuminates the role of women in transforming society and encourages all people, women and men, to participate in democratic dialogue about our future.