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NWHM Welcomes New Board Member Linda Willett

June 23rd, 2015

NWHM welcomes Linda Willett as its newest Board member.  Willett is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the largest health insurance company in the state with over $10B in revenue in 2014. She leads the teams responsible for: Compliance; Enterprise Risk Management; Government Affairs; and, Legal Affairs. The Horizon BCBSNJ Foundation also reports to her and focuses on charitable giving in the state of New Jersey.

Ms. Willett has served on a number of not-for-profit boards as either Chair of the board or as a Committee Chair. Currently, she is Chair of the Education Fund Board of the New York Women’s Forum, is a member of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Board, and has been elected to the National Women’s History Museum Board. Ms. Willett is also a member of the Association of the New York City Bar and the Economic Club of New York.

NWHM Welcomes Laura Dale Rheintgen as Director of Development

February 11th, 2015

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NWHM WELCOMES LAURA DALE RHEINTGEN AS DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

 

ALEXANDRIA, VA – FEBRUARY 11, 2015 – The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) today announced that Laura Dale Rheintgen has joined the organization as Director of Development. Ms. Rheintgen, a seasoned development professional with more than twenty years of experience, will lead NWHM’s fund development efforts, including developing and planning a campaign to build a world class museum.

“We are delighted to welcome Laura Rheintgen to the National Women’s History Museum,” said NWHM President and CEO, Joan Wages. “Laura joins us at a pivotal time for the organization. With our legislation signed into law last December, a Congressional Commission (currently being assembled) will begin a study regarding the governance, organizational structure, operations, fundraising and location of the Museum. This is a tremendous step forward for NWHM and for all women, and Laura’s deep experience will be a tremendous asset as we move closer to building a physical museum.”

Most recently serving as Director of Development at Scholarship America, Laura’s professional experience includes extended stints at the United States Institute for Peace (USIP), the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). While at the United States Institute of Peace, Laura served as Senior Development Officer for its successful $176 million “Building for Peace Campaign.” USIP, established in 1984 by an act of Congress as an independent nonpartisan organization, is dedicated to advancing the cause of international peace. “I am honored to join the National Women’s History Museum at this important juncture in its evolution to represent women’s accomplishments across our nation,” said Ms. Rheintgen.

Ms. Rheintgen holds a B.A. in German and International Studies from West Virginia University and a Masters in International Affairs from The American University. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Land Trust of Virginia from 2011-2014 and currently serves as a member of its Advisory Board.

 

About the National Women’s History Museum: Founded in 1996, The National Women’s History Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating, inspiring, empowering, and shaping the future by integrating women’s distinctive history into the national narrative. Toward that end, NWHM is working to build a world-class museum at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. – the nation’s premiere symbolic space. Although women constitute a majority of the population, their diverse experiences, achievements, contributions and overall impact on this nation are grossly underrepresented in the telling of history. The National Women’s History Museum seeks to change that and currently works to raise awareness about the vital and integral role women have played in building this nation through its robust website, educational programs, events, scholarship, member newsletter, and social media. To learn more visit us at www.nwhm.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Linked In.

 

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NWHM Welcomes Susan D. Whiting as Board Chair

January 28th, 2015

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NWHM WELCOMES SUSAN D. WHITING AS BOARD CHAIR

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA – JANUARY 29, 2015 –The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) is proud to announce that Susan D. Whiting has been appointed to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors. Ms. Whiting is a longtime C-suite executive and Board Director with extensive experience working with multinational corporate and not-for-profit organizations. For the past decade, she has served as a top advisor and director for consumer, technology and financial services companies, working closely with executive leadership, external business partners, clients and investors. For decades, Ms. Whiting has mentored female business leaders around the world through corporate and government supported programs, as well as through her personal relationships.

Ms. Whiting currently serves on the Board of Directors for Alliant Energy Corporation and DJE Holdings. She is also actively involved in several civic, educational and environmental organizations, including serving on the board of directors of The Trust for Public Land, as a trustee of Denison University, and as chair of the board of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago. She is a member of The Chicago Network, the Economic Club of Chicago, the International Women’s Forum and the Tiffany’s Circle of the American Red Cross.

For more than three decades, Ms. Whiting was at the forefront of media and consumer measurement as a senior executive at Nielsen, where she most recently served as vice chair before retiring from the firm in January 2014. Ms. Whiting had a hand in various research industry firsts through media transitions, such as the beginning of cable television, telecommunications, and measurement in a multi-channel, multi-screen world. During her tenure, Ms. Whiting formed and led committees to ensure diverse consumer representation in measurement.

According to NWHM President & CEO, Joan Wages, “Susan’s vast experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors coupled with her expertise in change management, partnerships, measurement, strategic planning and governance will be a tremendous asset as we move toward the establishment of the Congressional Commission and ultimately building the Museum in Washington, DC.”

“I am delighted and honored to serve NWHM. It is with tremendous gratitude and deep appreciation that I look forward to helping the voices and experiences of this land’s great women become more deeply ingrained in our country’s narrative,” said Ms. Whiting. “Throughout my life I have been inspired by strong women on both sides of my family, and of course, by those I’ve met and read about all over the world. Telling historically accurate and remarkable stories is an essential part of inspiring greatness for years to come.”

Ms. Whiting’s lineage traces back to Susan B. Anthony, a cousin on her mother’s side of the family, who was a national icon in the woman suffrage movement.

 

About the National Women’s History Museum: Founded in 1996, The National Women’s History Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating, inspiring, empowering, and shaping the future by integrating women’s distinctive history into the national narrative. Toward that end, NWHM is working to build a world-class museum at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. – the nation’s premiere symbolic space. Although women constitute a majority of the population, their diverse experiences, achievements, contributions and overall impact on this nation are grossly underrepresented in the telling of history. The National Women’s History Museum seeks to change that and currently works to raise awareness about the vital and integral role women have played in building this nation through its robust website, educational programs, events, scholarship, member newsletter, and social media. To learn more visit us at www.nwhm.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Linked In.

 

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

Congress Votes To Create Congressional Commission To Study Creation of National Women’s History Museum

December 12th, 2014

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CONGRESS VOTES TO CREATE CONGRESSIONAL COMMISSION TO STUDY CREATION OF NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MUSEUM


DECEMBER 12, 2014 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) today announced Congressional approval of legislation calling for the creation of a privately funded, bipartisan congressional commission to study and produce a plan for a national women’s history museum in the nation’s capital. The bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) now heads to the White House where it awaits President Obama’s signature.

The legislation calls for the Commission to produce recommendations for the governance, organizational structure, fundraising, operations and location of a National Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C. The 8-member bipartisan commission would have 18 months to produce the report which will then be submitted to Congress for approval.

According to NWHM President & CEO, Joan Wages, “Today is a great day for all women! Senate approval of our legislation marks a giant step forward in our efforts to build a national women’s history museum in Washington, D.C. We are forever indebted to Senators Susan Collins and Barbara Mikulski and Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Marsha Blackburn for their tireless efforts in support of this important legislation. The bipartisan nature by which this legislation was introduced and passed serves as testament to women’s ability to set aside differences and come together to work for the common good. It is what women have done throughout history.”

NWHM Acting Chair and Vice Chair, Dr. Gretchen Green added, “Legislation has been introduced during each Congressional session since 1999, always passing in either the House or the Senate, but never both. The women of this nation, 51% of the population, deserve to be honored on the National Mall, the symbolic site of what our nation honors most. It is for that reason that we opted to pursue a commission as only Congress can approve what is built on the Mall. This is not unprecedented. Both the National Museum of African American Culture & History and The American Latino Museum secured their place on the Mall through the recommendations of commissions and congressional approval.”

About the National Women’s History Museum: Founded in 1996, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM, Inc.) is a nonpartisan, 501c3 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, NWHM is leading the effort to build a world-class, permanent museum on or near the National Mall that will herald and display the collective history of American women. Click here to view our PSA. For additional information visit NWHM.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and You Tube.

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PRESS CONTACT:

Susan Murphy
Director, Communications
NWHM, Inc.
Smurphy@nwhm.org or 703-461-1920

NWHM President Joan Wages Launches Huffington Post Blog

November 25th, 2014

NWHM is delighted to announce the launch of Joan Wages’ Huffington Post blog. This inaugural post lays the foundation for why we need to integrate women’s history into the national narrative and summarizes the status of our legislation. We hope you’ll take the time to read the post and share it widely with your personal and professional networks. We look forward to sharing compelling and relevant content about women’s history and the National Women’s History Museum through this platform on a regular basis and greatly appreciate your support in helping to extend its reach by commenting, liking and sharing each post.

You can read the first post at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joan-wages/making-the-case-for-a-nat_b_6201322.html.

 

NWHM Welcomes Catherine Allgor, Ph.D. to Board of Directors

October 7th, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA – OCTOBER 6, 2014 – The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) today announced the addition of Catherine Allgor, Ph.D. to its Board of Directors. As a highly credentialed and respected historian with extensive museum experience, Dr. Allgor brings the unique and necessary combination of scholarly achievement and fundraising experience that NWHM has needed.

Dr. Allgor is a leading historian of first ladies and a frequent commentator on television and in other media on issues having to do with the role of the first lady. Her 2006 book, A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation, served as the basis for the film “Dolley Madison,” produced by PBS for its American Experience series.

As a Professor of History at the University of California at Riverside (UCR), Allgor has created and taught numerous courses on women’s history, the history of race and slavery, and political history at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. While at UCR, she was appointed to a three-year term as Presidential Chair, a prestigious appointment given only to select, distinguished members of the university’s faculty. Dr. Allgor also serves as the Nadine and Robert A. Skotheim Director of Education at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, where she is responsible for nearly 20 staff members working on a variety of projects from school tours to teacher training to partnerships with the Pasadena Unified and Los Angeles Unified School Districts. She also oversees more than 1,000 volunteers, including 400 docents who provide enrichment for students and adult visitors touring the art, botanical and library collections, as well as temporary exhibits.

Dr. Allgor received her Ph.D. with distinction from Yale University, where she also won the Yale Teaching Award. Her dissertation on women and politics in early Washington garnered the George Washington Egleston Prize for the best dissertation in American History at Yale University and the Lerner-Scott Prize for the best dissertation in U.S. Women’s History in the country.

Dr. Allgor is frequently called on to participate in teacher training institutes nationwide, has consulted at numerous museums, and has served as an advisor to the White House, the U.S. Mint and the National Portrait Gallery, among others. In addition, she serves on the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation, a presidential commission that funds teachers in their pursuit of advanced degrees.

Prior to joining UCR, Allgor taught at Claremont McKenna College, Harvard University, and Simmons College.

“On behalf of NWHM and its Board of Directors, I am delighted to welcome Dr. Catherine Allgor to the Board. Catherine’s reputation as a leading history scholar combined with her deep experience in the museum community makes her uniquely qualified to contribute to the Board,” said Dr. Gretchen Green, Acting Chair of the NWHM Board of Directors.

NWHM President & CEO, Joan Wages added “NWHM represents a new model for museums in that the days of federally-funded new museums have passed. As such, it is imperative that all members of the Board of Directors have significant experience in and understanding of fundraising.”

“As an academic, my mission was always to bring stories of women’s lives to scholarly attention,” said Allgor. “Joining the NWHM’s Board is more than an honor. It is a chance to bring women’s history into the public conversation.”

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.

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

National Women’s History Museum Awarded “Best In America” Seal of Approval

August 13th, 2014

National Women’s History Museum Awarded “Best In America” Seal of Approval

sealAlexandria, VA – August 8, 2014 – National Women’s History Museum is pleased to have been awarded the “Best In America” Seal of Approval by the Independent Charities of America. The Seal is awarded to charities that have, following rigorous independent review, certified, documented, and demonstrated on an annual basis their success meeting the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness.

The award standards meet the US Government’s requirements for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign, which is among the world’s most exclusive fund drives. Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded the Seal.

The National Women’s History Museum educates, inspires, empowers, and shapes the future by integrating women’s distinctive history into the culture and history of the United States. NWHM has previously been recognized with a GuideStar Exchange Gold Level participation logo as well as a four star rating from Charity Navigator in Transparency and Accountability.

 

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

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Women Making History Brunch-Aug 23 in LA

June 20th, 2014

Honoring Sophia Bush, Lesa France Kennedy and Callie Khouri.

Ticket information to follow.

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

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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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