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

December 12th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

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

NWHM, Inc. — Administrative Office — 205 S. Whiting Street, Suite 254 Alexandria, Virginia 22304 — www.nwhm.org — 703-461-1920

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

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

Tracy Van Buskirk, Marketcom PR — 212-537-5177 Ext. 8 or tvanbuskirk@marketcomPR.com

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!