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NWHM on Panels At the Berkshire Conference on Women’s History and the American Alliance of Museums

May 27th, 2014

The Sixteenth Berkshire Conference was held in Toronto, Canada May 22-25.  A panel, Making the Case for a National Women’s History Museum on the National Mall, included seven participants with varying museum and exhibit expertise.  NWHM President Joan Wages was pleased to be on the panel with such distinguished members as the Chair, Jean Pfaelzer, Ph.D. from the University of Delaware, Kathleen Franz, Ph.D. American University, Karen Offen, Ph.D. Stanford University and the International Museum of Women, Gail Reimer, Ph.D. Jewish Women’s Archive, Faith Davis Ruffins, National Museum of American History, and Jennifer Brier, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago.

Ms. Wages described the challenges of building a national museum on federal land that is on or near the National Mall and other panelists offered their experiences.  NWHM gathered many suggestions from participants and attendees.  While some will be contemplated after the Museum secures a building site, there were ideas that can be implemented in the short term.

NWHM has the greatest respect for the 40-50 years the “mothers of women’s history” have been working to enhance and expand the body of knowledge on women’s history.  NWHM looks to serve as the bridge for that information to be disseminated to the general public. Just as the field of women’s history has evolved and changed over the years, NWHM looks forward to developing new and better ways to communicate the wealth of information on women’s history to enlighten and inspire future generations.

The Berkshire Conference is held every three years and draws the most forward thinking historians in the field.

On May 20, 2014 NWHM Program Director Liz Maurer chaired a panel at the American Alliance of Museums 108th annual meeting, in Seattle, Washington. Co-presenters included Steve Shwartzman from the Institute of Museum and Library Services; Max van Balgooy, president of Engaging Places and former director at the National Trust for Historic Preservation; and Laurie Baty, deputy director of the National Capital Radio & Television Museum. The panel addressed the technical aspects of creating and implementing a strategic plan as well as government funding trends for museum projects.

House of Representatives Passes National Women’s History Museum Bill

May 7th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

House of Representatives Passes National Women’s History Museum Bill

MAY 7, 2014 – ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA – The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) announced today that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to form a Congressional Commission on the Potential Creation of a National Women’s History Museum in Washington, DC. The bipartisan legislation (H.R. 863) co-sponsored by Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) passed by a vote of 383 to 33 and now heads to the Senate where Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) are leading the charge.

According to NWHM President & CEO Joan Wages, “We are delighted with the results of today’s vote! Women represent 51% of our nation’s population, but account for only 1 in 10 figures represented in U.S. history textbooks and only 13 of the more than 200 statues in the Capitol. Clearly, Americans only know half of our history. A national women’s history museum will ensure the contributions American women have made to this great nation will become a part of our national narrative.” Wages added, “We are forever indebted to Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Marsha Blackburn. Their commitment, courage and tireless efforts in support of a national women’s history museum have been extraordinary, as is evidenced by today’s successful vote. Their partnership on this effort demonstrates what has been true since this nation was founded – women get things done! And, we get it done, despite our differences, by working together.”

“A National Women’s History Museum has a rightful place in our Nation’s capital,” said Representative Carolyn Maloney. “This bill will establish a Congressional Commission to help secure that place. Women gained the right to vote in 1920. I hope that a century later, in 2020, their efforts and accomplishments of women throughout our history will be chronicled in a museum that both our daughters and sons can learn from and enjoy. I am grateful for the leadership of Representative Blackburn and to the support of the many Republicans and Democrats who worked together to pass this bill.”

“This legislation takes an important step in our effort to recognize the accomplishments of women who have contributed to freedom and the promise of opportunity which we Americans cherish,” Blackburn said. “This museum is about bringing together women and remembering those visionaries who changed the course of American history. All this would be done through private donations, and not one dime of taxpayer money. It is only appropriate that during the same week we celebrate mothers around the country for their contributions to our families, that my colleagues in the House would come together in this bipartisan effort to honor our nation’s most influential women.”

The bill, H.R. 863, calls for the establishment of a Congressional Commission to prepare a report containing recommendations for establishing and maintaining a National Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C. Specifically, it would address the governance, organizational structure, fundraising, operations and location of the Museum. The 8-member bipartisan commission would have 18 months to produce the report and submit it to Congress for approval.

This bipartisan legislation passed with the support of Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. The growing list of cosponsors has increased from 25 at this time last year to 94 today. A similar bill in the Senate has been introduced by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.). It has 21 co-sponsors, including 19 of the Senate’s 20 female lawmakers.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the commission and the museum would have no significant impact on federal spending.

The bill was approved unanimously by both the House Natural Resources Committee on April 9, following a March 25 hearing, and the House Committee on Administration passed the measure on April 2, following a December 11 hearing.

About the National Women’s History Museum: Founded in 1996, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM, Inc.) is a nonpartisan, 501©3 nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the general public about the diverse historic contributions of women and raising awareness about the critical need for a national women’s history museum in our nation’s capital. Currently located online at www.nwhm.org, the Museum’s goal is to build a world-class, permanent museum on or near the National Mall that will herald and display the collective history of American women. Current legislation is underway to create a Congressional Commission that would be charged with producing a feasible plan which would include the governance, estimated cost, location and organizational structure of the museum. For additional information visit NWHM.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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NWHM Welcomes Susan E. Danish to Board of Directors

May 6th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NWHM WELCOMES SUSAN E. DANISH TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA – MAY 6, 2014 – The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) today announced the addition of Susan E. Danish to its Board of Directors. She joins the Board as Treasurer. Ms. Danish has served for more than a decade as Executive Director of The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI), one of the largest, oldest and most respected women’s organizations in the world.

Prior to joining AJLI, Susan served as Executive Director of the Center for Women’s Leadership at Babson College. She has also held senior management and marketing positions with Christie’s (the world’s oldest fine art auction house) and the 600-store fashion retailer, Express, and built several successful brands, including Calvin Klein hosiery and tights and HUE.

“We are delighted to welcome Susan to the NWHM Board of Directors. Her vast experience with women’s organizations and women’s great contributions to society – through philanthropy and good works — will add tremendous value to the Board,” said NWHM President & CEO Joan Wages.

“I am thrilled to join the Board of an organization dedicated to celebrating the contributions of women at all levels of our country’s history, from contemporary life to its earliest days,” Ms. Danish said. “Beginning with our founder, Mary Harriman, Junior League members have included women like Eleanor Roosevelt, Katharine Hepburn and Sandra Day O’Connor, among many others, who refused to conform to the roles that many expected of them and, instead, went on to blaze trails so others could follow.”

About The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.

Founded in 1901 by New Yorker and social activism pioneer, Mary Harriman, the Junior Leagues are charitable nonprofit organizations of women, developed as civic leaders, creating demonstrable community impact. Today, The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI) is comprised of more than 155,000 women in 293 Junior Leagues throughout Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States. Together, they constitute one of the largest, most effective volunteer organizations in the world.

About the National Women’s History Museum: Founded in 1996, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM, Inc.) is a nonpartisan, 501©3 nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the general public about the diverse historic contributions of women and raising awareness about the critical need for a national women’s history museum in our nation’s capital. Currently located online at www.nwhm.org, the Museum’s goal is to build a world-class, permanent museum on or near the National Mall that will herald and display the collective history of American women. Current legislation is underway to create a Congressional Commission that would be charged with producing a feasible plan which would include the governance, estimated cost, location and organizational structure of the museum. For additional information visit NWHM.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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PRESS CONTACTS:

Susan Murphy, NWHM — 703-461-1920 or SMurphy@nwhm.org

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NWHM Recognized with GuideStar Exchange Gold Participation Level

April 24th, 2014

For Immediate Release

NWHM Recognized with GuideStar Exchange Gold Participation Level

Demonstration of Its Commitment to Transparency


ALEXANDRIA, VA – April 24, 2014 — The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) has received the GuideStar Exchange Gold participation level logo, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of non-profit information. This level demonstrates NWHM’s ongoing commitment to non-profit transparency and accountability.

According to NWHM President & CEO, Joan Wages, “NWHM is committed to maintaining the highest of standards when it comes to transparency and accountability. As such, we are delighted to have received the Guidestar Gold logo as testament to our fiduciary standards. I encourage anyone interested in the National Women’s History Museum to view our profile on GuideStar to learn more.”

About the National Women’s History Museum: Founded in 1996, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM, Inc.) is a nonpartisan, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the general public about the diverse historic contributions of women and raising awareness about the critical need for a national women’s history museum in our nation’s capital. Currently located online at www.nwhm.org, the Museum’s goal is to build a world-class, permanent museum on or near the National Mall that will herald and display the collective history of American women. Current legislation is underway to create a Congressional Commission that would be charged with producing a feasible plan which would include the governance, estimated cost, location and organizational structure of the museum. For additional information visit NWHM.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the GuideStar Exchange: The GuideStar Exchange is an initiative designed to connect nonprofits with current and potential supporters. With millions of people coming to GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations, the GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with GuideStar’s many audiences. Becoming a GuideStar Exchange participant is free of charge. To join, organizations need to update their report pages, completing all required fields for participation. The GuideStar Exchange level logos, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all Exchange participants’ nonprofit reports.

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NWHM Press Contact: Susan Murphy, Director of Communications – 703-461-1920 or SMurphy@nwhm.org

NWHM, Inc. — Administrative Office — 205 S. Whiting Street, Suite 254 Alexandria, Virginia 22304 — www.nwhm.org703-461-1920

House Resources Committee Passes National Women’s History Museum Commission Act

April 9th, 2014

Even More Great News!

We are delighted to report that The House Resources Committee passed HR 863, The National Women’s History Museum Commission Act, on unanimous consent on Wednesday, April 9. This was the second House committee to take up the bill and the second to pass the legislation unanimously. There were two technical amendments to the bill – one which removes the reference to the building site on the National Mall at Independence Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets. (This amendment does not however, prohibit the Commission from looking at that site or any other federally owned sites near the Mall.) The second amendment added “operations” (establishment and maintenance) to the list of reports that will be submitted by the Commission to Congress.

Next up is a vote on the House floor. Passage around Mother’s Day (May 11) would be a wonderful gift to all of our nation’s women. Please take a few minutes to encourage your representative to support this bill.

And our deepest gratitude to YOU for your continuing support!

HR 863 Passed by House Administration Committee on April 2

April 2nd, 2014

Great news!

NWHM is delighted to report that the House Administration Committee met to consider HR 863 this morning and all members voted in support of our bill’s passage!  Committee Chair Candice Miller (R-MI), Ranking Member Robert Brady (D-PA), and Committee Members Phil Gingrey (R-GA) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) spoke in support of creating a commission to produce a feasible plan for a privately funded national women’s history museum.

The bill passed out of the Committee without amendments. This was the first step to getting the bill passed by the House of Representatives.   Next the bill will be considered by the House Natural Resources Committee.

NWHM to Testify at Capitol Hearing on Women’s History Museum

March 24th, 2014

NWHM President & CEO Joan Wages will join Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) to testify in support of our bill, HR 863 at a hearing before the House Natural Resources’ Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee tomorrow, March 25th at 2pm EDT.

To those in the Washington, D.C. area, we would be honored to have you join us.  The hearing will be held in 1334 Longworth House Office Building hearing room. Those unable to attend can watch the hearing via the Committee website. (Click on the second video webcast for room 1334 Longworth.)

Thank you for your continuing support of our mission. Together, we WILL succeed in honoring all of the women who have shaped this great nation by providing them the home they so richly deserve.

Please let the Committee and your Representative and Senators know that you support our efforts! Send a letter today!

Let the Energy and Natural Resources know of your support via twitter: @NatResources

Revenge of the Women’s Studies Professor: A One-Person Play by Dr. Bonnie Morris

March 18th, 2014

Join us on Thursday, March 20 from 7:30-9:30pm for a performance of Dr. Bonnie Morris’ (GWU & Georgetown University) one-person play Revenge of the Women’s Studies Professor. Click here for more info.

Standing Up For Change: Women & The Civil Rights Movement

March 10th, 2014

January is National Oatmeal Month

January 27th, 2014

By: Katherine Dvorak

Did you know that January is National Oatmeal Month? That’s right, an entire month dedicated to oatmeal. What better way to observe this honor than to celebrate the best thing about oatmeal: the oatmeal raisin cookie.

When ranking cookies, the oatmeal raisin cookie easily cracks the top three; it’s almost a perfect cookie: hearty and full of soft, sweet raisins…oatmeal raisin cookies are the best.

Our modern cookie is descended from oat cakes made by the Scots and Brits as far back as 1,000 B.C.E. Exactly when raisins were first added is unknown but records of nuts and raisins being added to oat cakes can be found in the Middle Ages. After Fannie Merritt Farmer wrote down the first actual oatmeal raisin recipe in 1896 the cookie became popular and by the early 1900’s Quaker Oats had a recipe on every container.

That recipe remains on the container’s lid to this day and for me, it’s the best recipe:

· 1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened

· 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

· 1/2 cup granulated sugar

· 2 eggs

· 1 teaspoon vanilla

· 1-1/2 cup all-purpose flour

· 1 teaspoon baking soda

· 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

· 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

· 3 cup Quaker® Oats

· 1 cup raisins

Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and raisins; mix well. Drop dough onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown.

What’s your favorite recipe? Do you prefer yellow raisins for an extra bit of sweetness? Or do you add chocolate bits for some chocolaty goodness? You can never have too many oatmeal raisin cookies so share your favorite recipe in the comments.

Meanwhile, I’m off to bake.