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.
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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.
National Women’s History Museum Announces Launch of Suffrage Centennial Celebration in the Nation’s Capital March 1-3, 2013January 17th, 2013
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NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MUSEUM ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION IN THE NATION’S CAPITAL MARCH 1 – 3, 2013
Washington, D.C. (January 17, 2013) The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) is pleased to announce a leading role in the upcoming Suffrage Centennial Celebration in Washington, D.C., March 1 – 3, 2013. The weekend will be a national celebration of women winning the vote and the power of their ballot, honoring a victory that took three generations and 72 years. It will highlight events beginning in 1913 that put suffrage in the national spotlight, and in 1920, secured women’s voting rights through the Nineteenth Amendment now enshrined in the Constitution.
“We’re dedicated to bringing this pivotal time in women’s history alive and are thrilled to join with other organizations and institutions—and women and men across the country—to embrace this grand Suffrage Centennial Celebration,” said Joan Wages, President and CEO of the National Women’s History Museum.
March is National Women’s History Month throughout the nation, but the DC kickoff is tailor-made for the many hungering for a richer slice of women’s history than that served up by most history books. Women weren’t “given the right to vote,” and suffrage pioneers Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were far from the movement’s only heroines.
Young suffragists and master strategists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns arrived in DC as 1913 began. They were impatient, fed up with state-by-state efforts that, after 65 years, had brought women voting rights in just 10 states—mostly western states eager to attract women. Only 60 days later, their historic women’s suffrage procession down Pennsylvania Avenue on March 3, 1913, signaled pursuit of a new national strategy– a constitutional amendment to win voting rights and a desire for the national spotlight. Read the rest of this entry »
It was a celebration of historic and contemporary American women last night at NWHM’s 2nd annual de Pizan Honors awards ceremony at the Reagan Building in Washington, DC, as Dr. Maya Angelou, Senator Elizabeth Dole and Annie Leibovitz accepted this year’s Living Legacy Awards. 300 guests attended the gala to honor the achievements of these remarkable women and to help the Museum pay homage to the work of American women in building our nation.
This year’s award-winners were former U.S. Senator and former President of the American Red Cross, Elizabeth Hanford Dole; legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz; renowned poet, author and playwright Dr. Maya Angelou. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes was honored with the Henry Blackwell Award. The comedy duo, Frangela, returned to emcee the event and were a major highlight of the show.
The de Pizan awards were established to bring women’s history to light, with the goal of educating people about the key role women have had throughout history and about the need to build a women’s history museum on the National Mall.
“Women have woven the very fabric of this nation – -whether through the essential role of motherhood or in the fields of education, healthcare, business, technology – you name it and women have been there,” Joan Wages, NWHM CEO & President, said. “It is beyond time for the women of our nation to be recognized.”
The Honors were established by NWHM in 2011 to celebrate the legends of pioneering women of the past by showcasing their achievements alongside the contributions of their modern inheritors. Each of the recipients was recognized with a “living legacy” award named of honor of historic figures in the same professional, artistic, or political and governmental area they have established themselves in.
Dr. Angelou received the Gwendolyn Brooks Living Legacy Award, named after one of the best known American poets in history. Dole received the Clara Barton Living Legacy Award, named after the founder of the American Red Cross. Dole served as President of the American Red Cross from 1991 to 1999, becoming the first female head of the Red Cross since its founder, Clara Barton.
Leibovitz, one of the most acclaimed photographers in the world today, received the Dorothea Lange Living Legacy Award, named after Lange, an influential American photojournalist best known for her work for the Farm Security Administration whose works helped humanize the consequences of the Great Depression and influenced the development of documentary photography.
Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Rhodes was recipient of the Henry Blackwell Living Legend Award, given in honor of Blackwell, a 19th century advocate for social and economic reform who was one of the founders of the American Women Suffrage Association and who published the Woman’s Journal, starting in 1870.
Rhodes, Dole, Leibovitz gave remarks in acceptance of their awards, while Dr. Angelou’s poignant remarks were shown on screen, along with those of actress Meryl Streep, a long time spokeswoman for the NWHM.
Rhodes, whose book about actress Hedy Lamarr chronicles the life of the famous actress and her role in developing a radio anti-jamming device that would prove crucial during the Cold War. Her research is now recognized as fundamental to today’s wireless technology. In his remarks, Rhodes paid tribute to his wife and to all women. “Women hold the world together,” Rhodes said.
In addition to serving as President of the Red Cross, Dole was elected to the U.S. Senate and held Cabinet-level positions as U.S. Secretary of Transportation and U.S. Secretary of Labor. She made humorous note of examples of how she had to break through the glass ceilings at various points in her career, recalling a time when she was at Harvard law school that a then fellow male law student who is now a well-known lawyer chastised her for taking a spot at the law school that should have gone to a man. Dole also praised the NWHM’s leadership for “tireless efforts” to build a museum that will showcase the role of American women.
Leibovitz paid tribute to Lange’s work of photos such as that of the “migrant worker” taken during the era of the Depression, greatly influenced her career in which she became one of the world’s most famous photographers known for unique poses of famous people while working as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone and then Vanity Fair.
Dr. Angelou, who appeared by video, described the influence that Brooks had on her and her writing career and poetically underscored the need for a women’s history museum to be established.
Dr. Angelou’s award was accepted on her behalf by her cousin, Dr. Gloria Herndon, who served as the evening’s co-chair and flew from Africa to accept Dr. Angelou’s award. She also expressed strong support for the building of a National Women’s History Museum.
NWHM would like to thank Pamela’s Punch blog for posting this wonderful account of her experience at NWHM’s de Pizan gala on Nov. 14th. Click here to read the article.
The National Women’s History Museum and The Wilson Center
invite you to a lecture in the series:
The Past, Present, and Future of U.S. Women’s History
“Woman-Made Women: American Designers, Taste, and Mid-Century Culture”
Dr. Kathy Peiss
University of Pennsylvania
Wednesday, November 7, 2012– Lecture, 4-5:30 p.m. – Flom Auditorium, 6th Floor
Reception, 5:30-6 p.m., Sixth Floor Dining Room
Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20004
This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested.
Please respond with acceptances only to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please allow time to go through building security.
Directions to the Wilson Center are available at: www.wilsoncenter.org/directions
NWHM and its Los Angeles Regional Council hosted their first event at Creative Artists Agency on the evening of Thursday, October 25, 2012. The private reception celebrated the work of Dolores Huerta, Co-founder of United Farm Workers and President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, who was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor bestowed on a citizen, and Jennifer Siebel Newsom, writer, director and producer of critically-acclaimed documentary Miss Representation and Founder and CEO of MissRepresentation.org and Girls Club Entertainment.
The evening also featured new musical artist Sheléa and NWHM President and CEO Joan Wages. Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the NWHM public service announcement (PSA), presented the full version. It is now available on the NWHM website and YouTube channel. It was a fabulous event, attended by 250 VIP guests including Geena Davis, Marie Royce, Ford Roosevelt, and Frances Fisher. The evening was made possible by Title Sponsor QVC; Presenting Sponsors Claremont Graduate University and Dermalogica; Gold Sponsors Southern California Gas Company and Rainbow Light; and Silver Sponsor The Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Click here to read a great review of the event!