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Saluting General Wilma Vaught – NWHM Board Member Receives Honorary Doctorate after Veterans Day

November 18th, 2015

The National Graduate School of Quality Management (NGS) Board of Trustees recently announced that Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught would be awarded the College’s highest honor – the Honorary Doctorate Degree of Letters in recognition of her life-long accomplishments in service to our country and as an advocate for education. This is only the fifth time in the College’s 22-year history that the Board has awarded its Honorary Doctorate. The award was presented at a ceremony November 12, 2015.

Gen. Vaught joined the U.S. military in 1957, before women were fully integrated into the command structure. Women’s enrollment was capped at 2% of the forces, and they were not allowed to command men, a situation that changed in 1967. She was the first woman to deploy with an Air Force bomber wing. She was promoted to brigadier general in 1980, and when she retired five years later, she was only one of seven female generals or admirals in all the armed forces.

Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught, USAF (Ret.) is President of the Board of Directors of the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation, Inc. She is a valued member of the NWHM’s Board of Trustees.

Interested in General Vaught’s story? Watch “A New Order: Women in the Military” https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXaqdQe8eghjoWIznZYlL6ovfaZVA72Vi

National Women’s History Museum Launches Suffrage Resource Center

November 3rd, 2015

Chronicles U.S. Women Campaign to Win the Vote

Alexandria, VA – The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) launched a one-stop interactive center on November 2 featuring multiple resources that chronicle the history and crusade by women in the United States for the right to vote.

Crusade for the Vote: Woman Suffrage Resource Center offers a comprehensive location online for history enthusiasts, educators and curious researchers to learn about the 72-year campaign to gain women equal voting rights. Visitors can access primary, secondary and interactive sources at www.nwhm.org. In addition, listen to experts discuss this significant moment in U.S. history on the Museum’s YouTube page. To watch, click here.

As attention for the new movie Suffragette shines a spotlight on the efforts of British women to win the right to vote, we are reminded that the campaign in the U.S. was a long and tenuous battle. While the first woman to vote was recorded as early as 1756, women did not earn universal suffrage until 1920. The campaign has been described as the longest, bloodless battle. While some students may be familiar with the stalwarts of the campaign like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ida B. Wells and Susan B. Anthony, there are dozens of other women like Emma DeVoe, Josephine Ruffin and others whose stories remain unknown.

“We know this is an important point in U.S. history but often women’s history is told in a very limited scope,” said NWHM Director of Programs Elizabeth Maurer. “Our goal in launching and offering Crusade for the Vote is to expand access to important historical resources and to help researchers understand the story in a comprehensive way.”

NWHM has chronicled this rich history through an all-inclusive source that features primary and secondary resources. From images to articles, biographies, and lesson plans, Crusade for the Vote: Woman Suffrage Resource Center is a one-stop shop to increase awareness about this pivotal moment in U.S. history. It traces the suffrage movement from the early colonial period through passage of the 19th Amendment. To access any of the resources, visitors can go to www.nwhm.org.

Based online, the Center is easy for students, parents, and teachers to navigate but also has broad interest for amateur researchers. Crusade for the Vote is a five-year initiative for the Museum. New resources will be added monthly leading to the 100th anniversary of passage of the 19th Amendment.

To learn more about the U.S. women suffrage campaign and the NWHM click here.

 

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.

 

Media inquiries:

For press inquiries, please contact Melissa Williams, NWHM communications manager, mwilliams@nwhm.org or 703-416-1920.

 

 

NWHM Chair Susan Whiting On Building a Home for Women’s History

October 14th, 2015

“First, I love the idea of prominently representing the history of American women’s contributions. Second, I’m excited to shape the next stage of an organization using the business experience from my career. I’m also a direct descendant of Susan B. Anthony, so I grew up hearing her story. I feel an obligation to ensure other stories are told as well.”

Read the full article at https://news.denison.edu/2015/10/a-home-for-history/

Celebrating 25 Years of the Women’s History Mobile Museum

October 13th, 2015

Today a “mobile museum” refers to a smart phone app, but in 1990 Jeanne and Robert Schramm introduced a truly mobile women’s history museum in their home town of West Liberty, West Virginia. Their refurbished school bus featured artifacts, documents, and memorabilia from twenty historic women who were among the 19th and 20th century’s most important social reformers and pioneers. The Women’s History Museum bus brought tangible history to schools and audiences across West Virginia and inspired visitors through learning important women’s history and celebrating women’s accomplishments. On December 6, 2008, the Schramms transferred their collection to National Women’s History Museum, which formed the nucleus of NWHM’s collection.

September 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the Women’s History Museum bus. Those stories about women who made a difference now reach millions of people every year through NWHM’s exhibit space, Facebook page, and on-line exhibits. NWHM’s core, on-line exhibit Pathways to Equality showcases high-resolution images of many of the Schramm’s unique documents, using 21st century technology to engage today’s connected communities. While the Women’s History Museum bus was a mobile museum in its own way, the exhibits and the Schramm’s legacy are now “mobile” for a modern audience.

View all online exhibits >>

Celebrate #NationalArtsAndHumanities Month

October 8th, 2015

October is National Arts & Humanities Month — the nation’s largest annual celebration for the arts and humanities. People across the country will celebrate and explore American culture through activities, events, and sharing social media about their arts & humanities experiences, bringing attention to the contributions of the arts and cultural organizations in local communities. In its 30th year, National Arts & Humanities month will create a focus on culture, encourage participation in cultural events, raise public awareness, and encourage public officials to declare their support for arts and humanities.

The Presidential Proclamation for 2015 declares,
“Every stroke of the brush, stitch of the needle, or moment of the memoir uniquely marks our society and contributes to our national character.  This month, we recognize the ways the arts and humanities have forever changed our country, and we recommit to ensuring every American has the opportunity and the freedom to question, discover, and create.”
National Women’s History Museum encourages people to show their support for arts & humanities by participating in history activities and events with their friends and family members. Share your love of history. Keep our history vibrant.

Read the Proclamation >>

Wine Tasting and Buffet Luncheon to Benefit National Women’s History Museum

September 21st, 2015

Though women are responsible for 60% of wine purchases in the United States, many lack confidence in making selections. Industry marketing aimed towards women characterizes wine as a respite from women’s daily responsibilities, while marketing towards men emphasizes wine as a high end consumer good. This has fostered a perception that women are not savvy or serious about quality.

Women in the DC-metro area are invited to enjoy a stimulating wine event on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. The luncheon will feature leading Napa Valley and Sonoma Count women winemakers and vintners and their artisanal wines paired with the organic bounty from award-winning Restaurant Nora. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the National Women’s History Museum’s programs.

Event organizer, A Woman’s Palate, is a woman-owned business that aims to change the way women think about and buy wine. Through seminars, tastings, and a “boot camp,” AWP connects women winemakers to female customers, empowers women consumers with wine knowledge, and encourages women to enjoy fine wines.

Event details:
Tuesday, October 13
Noon to 2:30 pm
Restaurant Nora
2132 Florida Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
$120 per person

Please RSVP to Susan Citron at A Woman’s Palate or susan@awomanspalate.com
412-370-1970

Pre-Emmy Event Celebrated Women in Entertainment

September 21st, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MUSEUM AND GLAMOUR PRESENT 4th ANNUAL WOMEN MAKING HISTORY EVENT

Viola Davis, Diane Warren, and Gale Anne Hurd Accept Awards

 

(L-R) Editor in Chief of Glamour Magazine Cindi Leive, actress Viola Davis, and and President and CEO, National Women’s History Museum, Joan Wages attend the 4th Annual Women Making History Brunch presented by the National Women’s History Museum and Glamour Magazine at Skirball Cultural Center on September 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for National Women’s History Museum)

Critically acclaimed actress and philanthropist Viola Davis, accomplished Grammy winning songwriter Diane Warren and award-winning producer Gale Anne Hurd were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in film and the arts at an exclusive pre-Emmy brunch hosted by the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM), its Los Angeles Regional Council along with Glamour. The event commemorated the achievements of women and expanded awareness of the Museum and the importance of preserving women’s history.

 

Through their philanthropic and professional endeavors, each of these women are considered outstanding examples of what women can accomplish. The awards were presented by Maria Bello, Leona Lewis and Kim Dickens. On accepting their awards, each honoree noted the importance of women’s contributions to the film and entertainment industry and the significance of a physical building that would record these contributions for future generations.

 

In a preview of her Emmy acceptance speech, Davis shared that ‘It is her mission in life to make women of color a part of the narrative in our business; for our stories to be told and for there to be no limits on the absolute expansiveness of our lives.”

 

Actress Frances Fisher speaks onstage during the 4th Annual Women Making History Brunch presented by the National Women's History Museum and Glamour Magazine at Skirball Cultural Center on September 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for National Women's History Museum)

Actress Frances Fisher speaks onstage during the 4th Annual Women Making History Brunch presented by the National Women’s History Museum and Glamour Magazine at Skirball Cultural Center on September 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for National Women’s History Museum)

Warren noted the steady increase of women as heads of companies, but said women should just be recognized for their work. “We hear that there are women directors, women producers, women songwriters, why do we have to be in a box? We’re just directors, producers, actors songwriters. Do they say male producers, directors?”

 

Hurd, who noted her own mentorship from famed producer/screenwriter Debra Hill, shared her own intentions to feature women prominently in her film and movie projects. “Women’s stories are just as compelling as men and often, I think, even more.”

Other notable guests in attendance included Amy Brenneman, Brianna Brown, Anna Chlumsky, Jackie Cruz, Francis Fisher, Taryn Manning, Ana Ortiz and Kate Walsh among others.

 

To view images from the event: http://assignments.gettyimages.com/mm/nicePath/gyipa_public?nav=pr295342581

“We are delighted to join with our LA Council to honor these three remarkable women,” said 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.”

 

Actress Maria Bello (L) and singer Leona Lewis attend the 4th Annual Women Making History Brunch presented by the National Women's History Museum and Glamour Magazine at Skirball Cultural Center on September 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for National Women's History Museum)

Actress Maria Bello (L) and singer Leona Lewis attend the 4th Annual Women Making History Brunch presented by the National Women’s History Museum and Glamour Magazine at Skirball Cultural Center on September 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for National Women’s History Museum)

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 tobuild a world-class museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

 

The event was held at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA where guests enjoyed manicures by sponsor Essie and 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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For press inquiries or credentials, please contact Melissa Williams, NWHM communications manager, mwilliams@nwhm.org or 703-416-1920.

 

 

(L-R) Honorees Diane Warren, Viola Davis and Gale Anne Hurd attend the 4th Annual Women Making History Brunch presented by the National Women's History Museum and Glamour Magazine at Skirball Cultural Center on September 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for National Women's History Museum)

(L-R) Honorees Diane Warren, Viola Davis and Gale Anne Hurd attend the 4th Annual Women Making History Brunch presented by the National Women’s History Museum and Glamour Magazine at Skirball Cultural Center on September 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for National Women’s History Museum)

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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