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History of Latinas in the US

May 29th, 2009

Congratulations to Judge Sotomayor – another woman making history!

NWHM members have contacted us requesting that we do more research on the history of Latinas in this country. We just brought an intern onto our staff for the summer who will focus on just that. We are also looking for an expert in the field of U.S. Latina history to oversee the project and help develop a CyberExhibit. So get in touch with us if you know of someone who can help put this together.

Board Members Thoughts On Epidemics

May 7th, 2009

“The current swine flu epidemic reminded me of previous epidemics and how women in history had contributed to the science and medicinal knowledge of epidemics. I remembered a movie, “Sister Kenny,” about her treatments of people with polio and also I knew about Clara Maass who volunteered to be injected with yellow fever. Having survived a mild case of yellow fever, she volunteered a second time and died from that. One result was the banning of using humans in such experimentation. In 1976 Clara Maass was the subject of a United States postage stamp. Read the rest of this entry »

Message From Joan

April 2nd, 2009

Women’s History Month has come to a close — but that does not mean we should stop celebrating and honoring women’s many contributions to our nation. During March, NWHM certainly had a lot to celebrate! Our legislation was re-introduced in the House by Rep. Carolyn Maloney as HR 1700. Co-sponsors are lining up, so please urge your Members of Congress to come onboard! We also opened our first permanent exhibit in our Administrative Offices, entitled “This Isn’t Right!: Women Reform Leaders.”

The exhibit is now open at NWHM’s Administrative Offices, Monday-Friday, by appointment only. Please call 703-461-1920 or email to schedule a time to see the exhibit.

To read more about the women highlighted in the exhibit, click here.

Look for more great things to come from NWHM in the future. We are currently working on 2 new CyberExhibits: one on women in film and another on African American women. Please come back to our blog often—we are working on debuting a feature that profiles a prominent historical woman every week.

Best wishes,
Joan Wages

To read more about me, please click here.

Give Women’s History A Home Next To The National Mall

March 26th, 2009

Welcome to the National Women’s History Museum’s (NWHM) new blog! We have launched it in an effort to keep the general public informed about the Museum and women’s history. If you are new to NWHM, please visit our website at for more information.

On March 25, 2009, Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) re-introduced the National Women’s History Museum Act in the House. The bill number is H.R. 1700. Read the rest of this entry »

Weatherford – Prehistory

April 19th, 2008

Anthropology and archeology are modern fields that included female professionals from the beginning – and yet they have been puzzlingly slow to think imaginatively about women.

Soon after the “new” history of the 1970s began to include women and minorities, I expected revisionist books on prehistory.  “Who,” I had asked myself for years, “was likely to have molded clay into containers for cooking and carrying?  Were men or women more apt to peruse the prairie for plants that might prove healthful?  Bottom line, was it the gatherer (female) or the hunter (male) who settled down in one place and began what we call civilization?” Read the rest of this entry »

Logo Contest

September 19th, 2007


The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) will hold a national contest for a new logo and branding designs for the Museum.  Contestants (graphic designers, artists, or students) are asked to submit their entries by November 15, 2007.  The winner will receive national recognition for her/his/their entry in NWHM publications and website.  Contestants may submit multiple entries. Read the rest of this entry »

New Officers Elected

July 21st, 2007

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NWHM Good Search

July 21st, 2007


The National Women’s History Museum has registered with GoodSearch, a Yahoo-powered search engine that allows users to designate a charity, school, or non-profit to receive a donation each time they search the Web. This exciting concept, which has been featured in news outlets throughout the country, provides financial support for thousands of organizations at no cost to users or to the organizations themselves. All of the funds come from advertisers.

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Denny Named WBENC President

June 26th, 2007


NWHM National Coalition member organization The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), named NWHM Board Member Linda Denny as its new President on June 26, 2007. The announcement was made at WBENC’s annual Women In Business conference in Los Angeles last month, and the new role became effective on July 1.

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Southwest Airlines President

May 10th, 2007


Southwest Airlines President Colleen Barrett is a long-time supporter of the National Women’s History Museum. NWHM profiled Ms. Barrett on our website in April when she was named as the recipient of the 2007 Tony Jannus Award in recognition of her contributions to the commercial aviation industry. Ms. Barrett graciously acknowledged our news item:

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