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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

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney Talks about NWHM’s Efforts on “Melissa Harris-Perry Show”

January 14th, 2014

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NWHM Featured in The Washington Post

October 7th, 2013

Check out this Washington Post article about NWHM published on October 4th.

The first official act in what became the National Women’s History Museum was to help get the statue of suffragettes Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony moved from the Capitol crypt to the Capitol Rotunda in 1997.

Some of those involved in that effort decided to try to secure a permanent place for women’s history on the Mall. The National Women’s History Museum was incorporated in 1997 “with the mission to bring women’s history back to our mainstream,” says Joan Wages, a founding board member and president of the National Women’s History Museum since 2007. That effort is nearly 20 years old. Legislation to study the museum’s feasibility has never passed both houses of Congress. Wages says supporters are still advocating, raising money and spreading the word.

Legislation

In the past decade, bills to study the feasibility of the National Women’s History Museum have passed the House and the Senate, but never in the same session. Measures to establish a privately funded congressional commission to explore possible museum sites were introduced to the House and the Senate in February. Seventeen of the 20 women in the Senate co-sponsored the bill.

Funding

Wages won’t give exact figures on how much has been raised. The commission to study the museum’s feasibility is expected to cost $1 million. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is set to open on the Mall in 2015, is costing an estimated $500 million, but “they are a bigger museum than what we’ve anticipated. We’re hoping we could do it for $400 million,” Wages says. They won’t have a good estimate until they identify the possible land, or an existing building. There are more than 50,000 museum members across the country, but “the really big gifts will not come until we have the site. Until there’s bricks and mortar, or solid ground that we can point to,” Wages says.

Programs

Upcoming lectures in partnership with George Washington University include women in the military Nov. 12 and women in sports in February. An Oct. 9 fundraising gala will honor opera singer Denyce Graves, actress Phylicia Rashad, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and Etta Pisano, a pioneer in radiology and breast imaging.

Click here for the original Washington Post article.

Joan Wages Featured on “Woman Around Town”

August 27th, 2013

NWHM President & CEO, Joan Wages, was featured in an article yesterday on “Woman Around Town.” The article explored the history of the American Woman Suffrage Movement as well as NWHM’s challenges in building a museum in the nation’s capitol. Click the photo below to read the article.

NWHM Hires New Director of Programs

January 15th, 2013

The National Women’s History Museum brought on its newest staff member, Elizabeth Maurer, on Monday as the Museum’s Director of Programs.  The Museum is delighted to have Ms. Maurer join the staff and trusts that her expertise will help to further develop and improve current Museum programs, and create new and enriching programs that will have a positive impact on the public.

Maurer was most recently the Director of Re-Living History in Alexandria, VA. There, she developed and presented public programs matched to K-12 state and national standards for science, history, and civics. She also created comprehensive, educational curriculums in various content areas and developed and lead teacher workshops combining subject matter content and innovative teaching strategies.

From March 2008 to May 2010, she was the  Director of Operations at the National Museum of Crime and Punishment in Washington. As Director, she researched, wrote and designed comprehensive educational curriculum in history, civics and science. She supervised the Museum’s Forensic Science programs and established program goals and objectives to meet national curriculum standards while employing object-based learning techniques. She also devised and implemented a strategic plan to market education programs via social networking, educational products &on-/off-site programs to target audiences, resulting in increased visitation.

Maurer has her Master’s in Teaching with an emphasis in Museum Education from George Washington University.

National Women’s History Museum Selects Texas Social Activist Carey C. Shuart To Serve As Interim Chair

June 15th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Media Contact:

Jan Du Plain – 202-486-7004

jan@duplain.com

NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MUSEUM SELECTS TEXAS SOCIAL ACTIVIST

CAREY C. SHUART TO SERVE AS INTERIM CHAIR

WASHINGTON, DC –June 13, 2012- The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) today announced that it has selected Texas social activist Carey C. Shuart to serve as Interim Chair of the NWHM’s Board of Directors.  A Houston resident, Shuart is Co-Founder of the Women’s Archive and Research Center at the University of Houston and is a Partner in Shuart Farms at Eagle Lake, Texas.

Shuart has served as a board member of NWHM for the past year and is a Patron of the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Houston.  She also founded and served as President of the Friends of Women’s Studies Advisory Board for a number of years and was awarded the Chair’s Award from the University of Houston Alumni Association for her many volunteer contributions to the university.  Shuart’s selection was made at the June 5 meeting of the Board of Directors in Washington, DC. Read the rest of this entry »

National Women’s History Museum Expands Staff And Services

June 14th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Media Contact:

Jan Du Plain – 202-486-7004

jan@duplain.com

NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MUSEUM EXPANDS STAFF AND SERVICES

WASHINGTON, DC – June 14, 2012- The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) today announced it has included two new positions designed to expand its services and outreach. The new positions include a special consultant to advise on online exhibits and education programs and a volunteer coordinator to enhance communications with volunteers nationwide.

NWHM announced it has hired Kristen Gwinn-Becker, PhD, founder and CEO, HistoryIT of Chicago, as a special consultant to advise the museum about their online exhibits and education programs.  Dr. Gwinn-Becker will also work with the NWHM Scholars Advisory Committee. Read the rest of this entry »

Website Redesign

May 5th, 2010

Washington, DC—The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) is pleased to announce the launch of its redesigned website at www.nwhm.org.  The redesign coincides with the 13th Anniversary of the move of the Suffrage Statue from the Capitol Crypt into the Rotunda on Mother’s Day, 1997.  The statue of the three founders of the women’s vote campaign—Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Lucretia  Mott—is the first of our foremothers to stand permanently next to our forefathers thereby changing the look of our nation’s heroes. Read the rest of this entry »

New Mission Statement

December 16th, 2009

NWHM has a new mission statement:

The National Women’s History Museum affirms the value of knowing Women’s History, illuminates the role of women in transforming society and encourages all people, women and men, to participate in democratic dialogue about our future.