Seeing the wonderful new movie “Julie and Julia” about Julia Child, the famous cookbook author, and Julie Powell, blogger and author, and afterwards a preview of the upcoming movie “Amelia” about Amelia Earhart I began thinking about the biographical movies of women in history (and/or women’s history itself). My favorite women’s history movie is “Iron Jawed Angels” about the awful treatment meted on suffragettes Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, who led the final fight for the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Read the rest of this entry »
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Prudence Crandall was born today on September 3, 1803.
Prudence Crandall was a remarkable woman who opened one of the first schools for African American girls, despite the ridicule and harassment she faced because of her actions. Read the rest of this entry »
Senator Barbara Mikulski often refers to the male senators who support women’s issues as “galahads.” Edward Kennedy has been among those senators. He has was a champion for women and families, a strong advocate for Title IX granting women greater participation in college sports; and more recently a leader in passing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that ensures equal pay for equal work. Read the rest of this entry »
On August 20, 1904, sociologist Rose Hum Lee was born. In 1955, Dr. Lee became the first Chinese American woman to chair an American university department. Read more about her in Chinese American Women: A History of Resilience and Resistance.
August – the month of Equality Day:
Someday Equality Day greeting cards will be sent, and standard printed calendars will note the date.
August 26th: the day to reflect on the challenges and achievements of the past struggles for women’s rights – the day to celebrate the progress made in gaining women’s rights…also how much more has to be done.
When the National Women’s History Museum is a central showpiece in our nation’s capital it will be the focus for further reflection and advancements and speed understanding and further progress.
Go NWHM Go!
–By NWHM Board Member Judy Kaplan
As you celebrate the Fourth of July this year, take a moment to remember some of the amazing women involved in the Revolution. Did you know that several women served as spies during the war? Anna “Nancy” Smith Strong was a member of the Culper Spy Ring and used laundry on her clothesline to send messages to other spies. Lydia Darragh gathered coded British reports and was able to warn George Washington about a surprise attack. Nancy Morgan Hart actually captured British officers and Torie loyalists and helped defend a fort from attack by the British and Native Americans.
To read more about these and other amazing women, read the American Revolution section of Clandestine Women.
NWHM staff is busy calling all of the House offices to remind them about HR 1700, the National Women’s History Museum Act. We currently have 28 cosponsors—so this outreach is making an impact!
We are still waiting for Senators Maria Cantwell (WA), Dianne Feinstein (CA), and Lisa Murkowski (AK) to sign on to the Senate companion bill before it is reintroduced. Please continue writing letters to them, as well as to your other representatives, from our website.
We’re stoking the fires again on the legislation for our building site. Congress is dragging its feet and we need to make sure that they know women in this country want a women’s museum in our nation’s capital.
To write a letter, please click here.
Women Created Memorial Day!
Much of women’s history is missing from our public story. One more example — women were almost entirely responsible for the recognition of Memorial Day. Its origin was the Civil War and until recently, the day focused on the terrible War between the states that, at tremendous human cost, ended slavery. Read the rest of this entry »