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Join NWHM and GWU for our forum “Making a Business of Change: American Women in Business” on Nov. 12thOctober 23rd, 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
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!
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!
Click here to purchase your tickets.
NWHM & GWU held its first forum in the Initiating Change/Adapting to Change lecture series on October 2, 2013. Dr. Leisa Meyer (College of William & Mary) and General Wilma Vaught (President of the Board of Directors of the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation, Inc.) spoke about A New Order: Change for Women in the U.S. Military to a crowd of approximately 72 people. The discussion, moderated by journalist Eleanor Clift, examined women’s historical presence in the military during the 20th century and the tremendous career opportunities that have opened up for military women in 21st century. The event was held at the Arts Club of Washington. Check out photos of the event below.
Earlier this month, NWHM President & CEO, Joan Wages, spoke at a the Military Sealift Command’s Women’s Equality Day celebration. The event was held at Navy Yard in Washington, DC in conjunction with other Women’s Equality Day events. Joan discussed the history of the Woman Suffrage Movement and specifically addressed the 1913 Suffrage Parade in Washington. Her speech was a big hit among those in attendance.
The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority has organized a march to commemorate their 22 founders and the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Woman Suffrage Parade in Washington, DC.
The National Women’s History Museum invites YOU to participate in this historic event that was the turning point in the Suffrage Movement. On Sunday March 3, 2013, the parade route will begin at the U.S. Capitol, proceed down Pennsylvania Avenue and assemble near the Washington Monument for closing remarks. The entire parade route is approx. 3.1 miles and will begin at 9:00 a.m. EST.
NWHM members will meet on the west side of the Capitol adjacent to Pennsylvania Avenue at 8:30am.
Look for the NWHM banner.
Come participate in this historic occasion. Click here To register: http://nwhm.ticketleap.com/join-the-parade/
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Check out these exciting events during Women’s History Month (March 2013) that are open to the public:
The 1913 Suffrage Parade Exhibit
Throughout March in the lobby of the National Press Club
529 14th Street (just south of F St.), 13th Floor, Washington, DC 10045
Learn about key figures from the historic suffrage parade and the role of the press in helping to turn public opinion in favor of women’s voting rights. Created by the National Women’s History Museum with support from the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, the exhibit is free and open to the public. Press Club restaurant, The Fourth Estate, is on the 13th Floor and open to the public. The Metro Center Metro stop is two blocks away.
72 Years of Fighting for the Vote
Saturday, March 2, 11 AM-12:30 PM—The George Washington University Lisner Auditorium
21st at H Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20052
Up front seating included in VIP Package
Learn more about how women’s right to vote was won after a 72-year fight, involving three generations of women. Enjoy a not-to-be-missed panel of experts moderated by Ann Lewis, Chair of the Commission on Celebrating Women’s History and Counsel to President Bill Clinton. No ticket necessary. Near the Foggy Bottom Metro stop.
“First Ladies: Hidden in Plain Sight”
Cokie Roberts and Professor Catherine Allgor
Monday, March 4 5:30-7pm–The Arts Club of Washington, DC 2071 I (Eye) St, NW
For ticket purchase: http://nwhm.ticketleap.com/first-ladies-hidden-in-plain-sight/
Ticket included in VIP Package
Journalist Cokie Roberts, author of two books on America’s First Ladies of the infancy of the country, will talk with Professor Catherine Allgor, author of a recent biography of Dolley Madison and Director of Education at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA. They will focus on the challenges of telling the stories of the First Ladies. Wine and cheese will be served. Near the Foggy Bottom and Farragut West Metro stops.