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MANA

February 19th, 2007

NWHM REPRESENTATIVES ATTEND 2007 MANA CONFERENCE

MANA – A National Latina Organizationheld their annual Educational and Training Conference over Memorial Day weekend in Santa Fe, New Mexico. MANA is a member of NWHM’s National Coalition of women’s professional and service organizations. NWHM Board member Alma Morales Riojas, as President of MANA, hosted the three-day conference, and NWHM President Susan Jollie attended on behalf of the Museum.

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Truth Statue Approved

December 6th, 2006

STATUE OF SOJOURNER TRUTH TO BE ON DISPLAY IN U.S. CAPITOL BUILDING

The U.S. Senate approved legislation on December 6, 2006, directing the Joint Committee on the Library to accept and display a donated statue of Sojourner Truth in the United States Capitol Building.  Truth, a leading 19th century abolitionist and suffragist, will be joining her contemporaries Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott as one of the few women and as the first African American woman to be so honored on Capitol Hill. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrate Equality Day

August 22nd, 2006

Celebrate Equality Day – August 26th!

August 26th is the anniversary of national woman suffrage.  Across the seventy-two years between the first major women’s rights conference at Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848, and the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, thousands of people participated in marches through cities like New York and Washington DC, wrote editorials and pamphlets, gave speeches all over the nation, lobbied political organizations, and held demonstrations with the goal of achieving voting rights for women.  Women also picketed the White House with questions like, “Mr. President, what are you going to do about woman’s suffrage?” “Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty?”  This was the first time in history that a group of people picketed the White House. Read the rest of this entry »

Tom Sweet

May 28th, 2006

I had been asked by my family members on a number of occasions why I chose to be a NWHM member. The enclosed is my reply.
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Susan Jollie on African American Museum

May 16th, 2006

PRESIDENT SUSAN JOLLIE ATTENDS DIRECTOR’S FORUM ON THE CHALLENGE OF BUILDING THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE

On May 16th, 2006, NWHM President Susan Jollie and NWHM Program Director Holly Kearl attended a Director’s Forum at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where they listened to Lonnie G. Bunch II, the director of the new Smithsonian museum the National Museum of African American History and Culture, speak about the challenges that his organization has faced, is facing, and will face in building a new museum – and she found that the African American Museum’s experiences are in many ways similar to the NWHM’s. Read the rest of this entry »

Real Women of “North Country”

May 5th, 2006

AAUW CHAPTER AND NWHM HONOR THE REAL WOMEN OF “NORTH COUNTRY”

In April 2006, the Hibbing, Minnesota, chapter of the American Association of University Women held a ceremony honoring the women workers at Eveleth Mines who filed the first class-action sexual harassment lawsuit. Their story became the basis for the 2005 movie North Country. NWHM President Susan Jollie wrote a letter commending their efforts and the letter was read at the ceremony and each woman received a copy. Each woman was presented with a NWHM button with the quote, ” Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History.” Read the rest of this entry »

Jollie’s Letter to Eveleth Mill Women

May 5th, 2006

AAUW CHAPTER AND NWHM HONOR THE REAL WOMEN OF “NORTH COUNTRY”
Susan Jollie’s Letter to the Eveleth Mill Women on Behalf of the NWHM

The National Women’s History Museum is pleased to join with the Hibbing, Minnesota, branch of the American Association of University Women in honoring Lois Jenson and her fellow plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit that established important legal precedents on sexual harassment in the workplace. These courageous women initially had very modest goals, but their struggle ultimately improved the working conditions of women nationwide. The women who banded together to challenge the hostile environment at the Eveleth Mines are part of a long and proud tradition of women who have made America a better place to live. Read the rest of this entry »

Background on Class Action Suit

May 5th, 2006

AAUW CHAPTER AND NWHM HONOR THE REAL WOMEN OF “NORTH COUNTRY”
BACKGROUND ON THE CLASS ACTION SUIT BROUGHT AGAINST EVELETH MINES
(Provided by Stephanie Carlson of the AAUW Chapter in Hibbing, Minnesota)

Northern Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range is home to the largest Iron ore deposit in the world.  Since red iron ore was discovered in 1890 by the Merritt brothers, men have toiled in the iron mines, that is until 1974 when 9 of the country’s largest steel companies signed a consent decree with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Labor Department requiring the industry’s mines to provide 20% of its new jobs to women and minorities. Read the rest of this entry »

GWU Interior Design Class

May 4th, 2006

GWU INTERIOR DESIGN CLASS DOES PROJECT ON NWHM SITE

In March 2006, Susan Jollie and NWHM Program Director Holly Kearl met with a George Washington University Advanced Interior Design class from the Master’s Program to discuss the class’s upcoming project on designing the interior of the Annex of the Old Post Office – NWHM’s desired museum space. The class received floor plans of the three-floor building, a history of the building, Ms. Jollie’s ideas for renovating the building, and then were able to tour the outside of the building itself. Two months later in May, the GWU class presented their finished project to Ms. Jollie, staff, and board members. Read the rest of this entry »

Suffrage Statue

April 19th, 2006

As its first major achievement, the NWHM spearheaded the effort with other women’s organizations to raise $85,000 and generate public support to move this monument of Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony out of its 76‑year confinement in the Capitol Crypt to the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.  Now over 4 million visitors a year can see the contributions of these leaders of the Women’s Suffrage Movement.