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NWHM Featured in NY1 News Segment

January 14th, 2014

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

January 14th, 2014

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NWHM Capitol Hearing Covered by Washington Post

December 12th, 2013

The Washington Post featured a great article about NWHM’s Capitol hearing yesterday.

National Women’s History Museum gains traction; bill would launch exploratory panel

At a House Administration Committee hearing Wednesday morning, Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) presented their bipartisan bill to launch an exploratory commission on building a National Women’s History Museum, an effort that has been ongoing for almost 20 years.

The theme of the day was “sisterhood trumps party lines,” as every speaker ran down the alternately distressing (less than 5 percent of the 2,400 National Historic Landmarks in the United States recognize the achievements of women) to empowering (women outnumber men in college enrollment) statistics as proof that women are owed Mall real estate.

The two biggest obstacles, aside from the slow grind of government, are financial and logistical: Where will the money come from, and where will the museum go?

Joan Wages, president and chief executive of the National Women’s History Museum, says she believes the museum can be funded entirely through private donations. She expected that “half the nation’s population and the other half who love their mothers” would be able to raise the $400 million to $500 million estimated cost of constructing a museum, along with a $15 million to $20 million yearly operating budget.

Wages said that, in determining location, “it comes down to, where will the most people visit it? Where will it have the greatest impact?” Which means the museum must be “on or very, very close to the national Mall.”

Committee Chairman Candice S. Miller (R-Mich.) presided over the hearing, calling the museum an “important and, I think, frankly long overdue acknowledgment of women’s accomplishments” in American history.

“Sometimes, people think we can’t work together,” Miller said. “We know, as women, that we can work together.”

NWHM Mentioned in Huffington Post Article

October 29th, 2013

By Natalie Pace, Huffington Post

What Do Devious Maids and Family Guy Have in Common?

Seth MacFarlane and Brianna Brown use their star power to preserve history for posterity.

What do Devious Maids and Family Guy have in common? Beyond the obvious hitmaking gene, the people behind these beloved brands just threw two of the most inspiring parties of the year.

Anytime you can mix a joke or two, with a drink or two and a good cause or two, if I’m allowed in, I’m there. Thankfully, this week I was fortunate enough to be on the list for An Evening with The John Wilson Orchestra and a cocktail fundraiser for The National Women’s History Museum, thrown by Seth MacFarlane (creator of the hits Family Guy, American Dad!, Ted and more) and Brianna Brown (star of Devious Maids), respectively. These two celebrities, and the talented people in their inner circle, are creating far more than the best comedy on television. They are both reaching back into the past and resurrecting great stories and songs for us to enjoy today, which, without their efforts, might never be heard again.

John Wilson, maestro and conductor of The John Wilson Orchestra, loves old show tunes, but when he decided to put together a 100-piece orchestra to play them, he discovered that the scores were missing. Even Cole Porter’s “You’re Sensational,” originally arranged by Nelson Riddle, had to be reconstructed. Thanks to John Wilson’s arduous sifting through orchestra sheets and his astute ear, and Seth MacFarlane’s passion and support of the project, the world can now enjoy That’s Entertainment! A Celebration of the MGM Film Musical. The DVD features sing-along tracks to tunes like “I Got Rhythm,” “Singing in the Rain,” Love is Here to Stay” and much more. And yes, that is Seth MacFarlane crooning with the best of them on a number of the tracks.

Seth MacFarlane’s Evening with the John Wilson Orchestra and the Moonshine Lounge celebration was the best party I’ve ever been to. Truly!

The National Women’s History Museum is determined to exhume and display the stories that have been buried in the basement for centuries. As one example, Sacagawea was the guide for the Lewis and Clark expedition. History books acknowledge that, without her, the trek was doomed, so should her invaluable contribution earn her star billing in the name of the expedition? What about the woman who dressed up as a man to fight in the Revolutionary War? Shouldn’t we know her name? Read the rest of this entry »

NWHM’s de Pizan Honors Covered by “The Hill”

October 11th, 2013

Former President Johnson’s daughter: ‘I swore I would never marry a politician’

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By Patrick Mortiere – 10/11/13 12:46 PM ET

After growing up with a president for a dad, Lynda Bird Johnson Robb wanted to make sure she would tie the knot with a decidedly non-political mate. But things don’t always go quite as planned.

“When I married this young man, I swore I would never marry a politician. And I married him for better or for worse, and that’s what I got,” the daughter of the late President Johnson told The Hill with a smile Wednesday at the National Women’s History Museum’s (NWHM) de Pizan Honors in downtown Washington.

It’s now been nearly half a century since the one-time first daughter took the plunge with former governor and Sen. Charles Robb (D-Va.). “Well, 46 years. I never thought I would be in politics again, and it wasn’t my choice, but I chose the man,” Johnson Robb, 69, said as her longtime hubby stood beside her.

Johnson Robb was on-hand at the NWHM’s third annual awards gala to honor “The Cosby Show” actress Phylicia Rashad, singer Denyce Graves and radiologist Dr. Etta Pisano.

The NWHM has spent years pushing Congress to create a commission to designate a permanent home on the National Mall for its efforts.

While the VIP crowd gathered for the swank awards ceremony, the partial government shutdown wasn’t far from many attendees’ minds.

When asked how it felt to be back in Washington under the unusual circumstances, Rashad, a Howard University graduate replied, “It’s shut down. People are the same, you know? The people are the same.”

Photos: (top) Former Sen. Chuck Robb, Denyce Graves and her daughter, Ella Thomas-Montgomery, and Lynda Bird Johnson Robb; (below) Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Phylicia Rashad / Courtesy of Neshan H. Naltchayan

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NWHM’s “de Pizan Honors” Covered by The GEORGETOWNER

October 10th, 2013

Check out this wonderful article about NWHM de Pizan Honors last night in The GEORGETOWNER.

Women’s History Museum: Reclaiming Missing Half of the Story

In many ways, even though there is still no such thing as an actual, physical place called the National Women’s History Museum, it’s been something of a banner year for NWHM supporters, who number in the hundreds of thousands.

You could see it in the spring when legislation to create a federal commission to determine the feasibility of constructing a National Women’s History Museum was introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, introducing a companion bill in the Senate. The hope is through successful lobbying for the legislation and private funding that a museum will rise and come to fruition hopefully within five to seven years, and that women would be the principal designers and architects.

You could see it in May, when Joan Bradley Wages, president and CEO of the National Women’s History Museum, and Steven Knapp, president of the George Washington University, signed a memorandum of agreement to collaborate on public programs that will engage the local community on topics of historical relevance to women, called “Initiating Change/Adapting to Change.” The first program took place Oct. 2 with a lecture focusing on the hot topic issue of women in the military, a forum on “A New Order: Change for Women in the U.S. Military,” with Leisa Meyer of the College of William and Mary and retired USAF Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught, president of the board of directors of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, Inc., moderated by journalist and columnist Eleanor Clift.

An even more vivid manifestation of the identity and effectiveness of the NWHM will take place Wednesday, Oct. 9, with the Third Annual NWH’s presentation of its 2013 Living Legacy Awards, the de Pizan Honors ceremony at the Mead Center for American Theatre at Arena Stage. The event and gala, chaired by former Senator and past president of the Red Cross Elizabeth Hanford Dole, a former de Pizan recipient, and former Virginia First Lady Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, daughter of President Lyndon Johnson. Read the rest of this entry »

#ThrowbackThursday: Post-de Pizan 2013 Edition

October 10th, 2013

By Elissa Blattman: Project Assistant

Yesterday we held our 3rd annual de Pizan Honors!  The event went really well and was a blast!  A special thanks goes out to those of you who attended.  We’re still in the de Pizan mood here at the Museum, so this week’s Throwback Thursday post is all about our honorees.  Below you can find the list of this year’s honorees and the awards they were given, as well as some of our favorite clips that show off their work!

Denyce Graves - Marian Anderson Living Legacy Award
Dr. Etta Pisano - Dr. Helen Taussig Living Legacy Award
Phylicia Rashad - Lena Horne Living Legacy Award
Ken Burns - Henry Blackwell Award

Marian Anderson

Denyce Graves

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“de Pizan” Memory Lane: 2011 & 2012

October 8th, 2013

The 2013 de Pizan Honors is just one day away! As we continue to countdown to the event, we thought it would be fun to take a stroll down memory lane with a look at past de Pizan Honors.

Do you remember Dr. Maya Angelou’s poignant acceptance speech last year? She won the Gwendolyn Brooks Living Legacy Award:

Watch 2012 Dorothea Lange Living Legacy Award Winner, Annie Leibovitz, reflect on the importance of women’s history:

Check out these photos of 2012 Honorees,Richard Rhodes(Henry Blackwell Award), Elizabeth Dole (Clara Barton Living Legacy Award),

Annie Leibovitz and NWHM President & CEO, Joan Wages

2011 & 2012 de Pizan Honors Emcees: Frangela

2011 Ida B. Wells Living Legacy Award Winner Cathy Hughes

2011 Admiral Grace Hopper Living Legacy Award Winner Helen Griener

2011 Hedy Lamarr Living Legacy Award Winner Marissa Mayer

Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for the 2013 de Pizan Honors if you haven’t yet!

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.


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.


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.


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.

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NWHM & GWU Launch first Lecture in New Series

October 3rd, 2013

NWHM & GWU held its first forum in the Initiating Change/Adapting to Change lecture series on October 2, 2013. Dr. Leisa Meyer (College of William & Mary) and General Wilma Vaught (President of the Board of Directors of the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation, Inc.) spoke about A New Order: Change for Women in the U.S. Military to a crowd of approximately 72 people. The discussion, moderated by journalist Eleanor Clift, examined women’s historical presence in the military during the 20th century and the tremendous career opportunities  that have opened up for military women in 21st century. The event was held at the Arts Club of Washington. Check out photos of the event below.

Dr. Leisa Meyer, Eleanor Clift, General Vaught, Joan Wages