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Celebrate Women’s Equality Day – August 26

August 12th, 2015

August 12, 2015

Women’s Equality Day will be celebrated August 26. Women’s Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment while also calling attention to women’s continuing efforts towards full equality.

Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), a leader in the women’s rights movement, introduced a Congressional Resolution in 1971 designating August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day” to draw attention to women’s on-going pursuit of equality. The date was symbolically selected as the anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which secured women the right to vote.  The resolution requests that the President issue an annual proclamation to commemorate Women’s Equality Day as a reminder that women continue to face inequality and discrimination. Organizations, museums, groups, and local governments across the country will hold Women’s Equality Day events.

National Women’s History Museum will celebrate Women’s Equality Day when it kicks off its “In their Footsteps: Counting Down to 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage” initiative in August 2015. Activities over the next five years will include a monthly walking tour, educational curriculum, in-depth historical content, on-line exhibits, and live programming. Visit www.NWHM.org to learn more.

Passage of the 19th Amendment culminated a 72-year struggle that began with the first major women’s rights conference at Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. Over the ensuring years, thousands of women and men campaigned for women’s voting rights through rallies, the media, demonstrations, and political lobbying. Women voting rights activists were the first group to picket the White House. The suffrage amendment passed the US Congress in June 1919 and became law after the 36th state legislature, Tennessee, ratified it in August 1920.

Facebook Spreads the Word about Women’s History

July 27th, 2015

A new Pew Research Center study has found that the number of Americans who receive their news primarily from social media including Twitter and Facebook is increasing. More people are encountering and interacting with news posts in their feeds. A record 63% of users say that these platforms serve as a source of information beyond family and friends. On the heels of this study, the historical stories of remarkable women shared on social media are engaging people in conversations like never before. NWHM’s Facebook page is on the cusp of surpassing 250,000 Likes, and the posts’ average weekly reach is 4.4 million and rising. NWHM’s most popular post tells the story of May Edward Chinn, the first African American woman to graduate from Bellevue Hospital Medical College in New York City. (http://on.fb.me/1HuQme7) This post reached more than 4 million people. More importantly, it generated 66,780 Likes, 21,763 shares, and more than 6,000 comments across all of the pages to which it was shared.  The comments express admiration for Dr. Chinn, regret that she was not recognized in her time, and inspiration drawn from her accomplishments.  Social media is demonstrating tremendous power to connect people with their history. Rather than passively consuming historical news, NWHM’s Facebook fans use it to frame their own experiences and better understand their lives. If you haven’t already “liked” our page, navigate to https://www.facebook.com/womenshistory and join the conversation.

National Women’s History Museum and Glamour Present 4th Annual Women Making History Event

July 15th, 2015

Viola Davis, Diane Warren, and Gale Anne Hurd to be honored

Los Angeles, CA – July 15, 2015 – On Saturday, September 19th, 2015, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) and its Los Angeles Regional Council, will host an exclusive brunch to commemorate the achievements of women and to generate awareness of the Museum and the importance of preserving women’s history. NWHM’s mission is to educate, inspire, empower, and shape the future by integrating women’s distinctive history into the culture and history of the United States. A key element of advancing that mission is to build a world-class museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

This year’s honorees are accomplished and critically acclaimed actress and philanthropist Viola Davis, Grammy winning songwriter Diane Warren, and award–winning producer Gale Anne Hurd. Through their philanthropic and professional endeavors, each of these women are outstanding examples of what women can accomplish.

“We are delighted to join with our LA Council to honor these three remarkable women,” says Joan Wages, NWHM President and CEO. “The countless achievements and contributions women have made in shaping this nation have been left out of the historical narrative and it’s beyond time to correct the record. We are committed to integrating women’s history into the American mainstream; in doing so, we will ensure that future generations will recognize the tremendous value women bring to society.”

The event will be held at the Skirball Cultural Center – 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. This event is presented by Glamour. Other sponsors include Essie. Red carpet arrivals begin promptly at 10:30 am, program and awards begin at 11:30 am. Music curated by DJ Daisy O’Dell.

For more information on NWHM or to become a member, please visit http://www.nwhm.org.

 

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. A Congressional Commission has been established that is charged with producing a feasible plan, which would include the governance, fundraising, location and organizational structure of the museum. For additional information visit NWHM.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Glamour 

Glamour is the biggest fashion and beauty magazine brand in its competitive set, reaching an all-time high of one out of eight American women, with 12.2 million print readers and 9 million unique users online. Glamour has received a record number of National Magazine Awards, including Magazine of the Year, honoring print and digital excellence, and General Excellence for its category. Its content is available in an iPad edition, apps, podcasts, and books—including two New York Times best sellers. In 2013 Glamour launched its video channel, which now boasts 43 video series and has received substantial critical accolades, including a 2014 National Magazine Award for Video and a Television Academy honor. In 2014 Glamour launched Lipstick.com, Glamour’s stand-alone beauty site and Condé Nast’s first-ever digital spin-off. With a robust social strategy across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, Google+, and Tumblr, Glamour’s total social media footprint is at a record high of 52 million touchpoints. For more information, visit Glamour.com.

 

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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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