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Many Americans have heard of Nathan Hale, an undercover spy and hero during the Revolutionary War. But they should also know about “355”— the code for “lady” in the Culper Ring encryption system — a still-unknown woman who was an undercover agent who supplied Gen. George Washington with critical information on British transgressions in the New York area during that same war.Most Americans can probably identify Susan B. Anthony as a suffragette who fought for the right of women to vote. But did you know that the first woman to cast a vote was Lydia Chapin Taft of Uxbridge, Mass., who as a property owner, after her husband and son died, was allowed to vote on Oct. 30, 1756, on the issue of critical financial support of the French and Indian War? When tourists come to visit to our capital city, they learn much about our nation’s history. There is Pierre L’Enfant’s brilliant city plan, the wonderful monuments and a peerless array of museums: public, nonprofit and for-profit. There’s an Air and Space Museum, a Spy Museum, a Textile Museum, a Postal Museum, even a Crime & Punishment Museum.
But there is no museum in our nation’s capital that honors the full scope of American history: the amazing, brilliant, courageous, innovative and defiant women who have helped to make this country what it is.
It’s time to change that.
That’s why I’ve introduced a bill, along with Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), to establish a federal commission to study the potential creation of a National Women’s History Museum. The bill, H.R. 863, would require the commission to submit to the president and Congress a report containing recommendations for the establishment and maintenance of a National Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C., on or close to the National Mall. The bill has 32 bipartisan co-sponsors. Read the rest of this entry »
Check out this interview with NWHM Ambassador and actress, Brianna Brown. She mentions her work with the Museum towards the end of the interview. Thanks Brianna!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MUSEUM AND THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY COLLABORATE ON PUBLIC OUTREACH PROGRAMS
Four-part academic lecture series entitled “Initiating Change/Adapting to Change” to begin Wednesday, October 2, 2013 on GW Foggy Bottom Campus
WASHINGTON, DC, Monday, June 3, 2013 –Joan Bradley Wages, President and CEO of The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) and Steven Knapp, President of the George Washington University (GW), signed a memorandum of agreement Thursday, May 30, 2013 to collaborate on public programs that will engage the local community on topics of historical relevance to women. The National Women’s History Museum and GW are excited about this new opportunity. Read the rest of this entry »
Check AARP’s “Prime Time” Radio interview with Joan about the Museum.
From Pepperidge Farm to Liquid Paper to Flickr, smart women have been behind many of the great businesses of the last century. The National Women’s History Museum, the foremost authority on women’s history in the U.S., and Microsoft recently launched the online exhibit: From Ideas to Independence: A Century of Entrepreneurial Women, which highlights female entrepreneurs, their challenges and successes throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Read the rest of this entry »
by: Cindy Bates, Vice President, Microsoft’s U.S. Small-and-Midsized Business group
Click here for the original article on the Huffington Post.
In leading Microsoft’s U.S. Small-and-Midsized Business (SMB) group, I pay close attention to various trends in the small business space, and lately two trends in particular have tended to stand out from the rest. The first is the growth in the number of women-owned business, which was 44 percent between 1997 and 2007 — twice the growth rate of male-owned businesses. Second is the incredible impact technology has had in making the process of starting and operating a small business easier and less expensive than ever. In a recent Microsoft survey of women business owners, more than 80 percent of those who have started businesses within the last five years say technology played a critical role in getting their business up and running.
Small business is the lifeblood of the American economy, with entrepreneurship playing a transformative role in our nation’s history. But within the history of American entrepreneurship itself is a fascinating narrative around the collective experience of women who start businesses. From a changing legislative landscape, to a dramatically evolving cultural and social backdrop, the path of women entrepreneurs is marked by sometimes surprising obstacles and often inspiring triumphs.
A new online exhibit recounts the history of women’s entrepreneurship over the last century. The exhibit, “From Ideas to Independence: A Century of Entrepreneurial Women,” created by the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) in partnership with Microsoft, explores how key socio-cultural, financial, legal and technological developments have influenced women’s entrepreneurship since the start of the 20th century. From Elizabeth Arden’s cosmetics empire, to the franchise success of staffing agency Mom Corps, which offers flexible work opportunities to stay-at-home moms, the exhibit highlights the varied stories of American women who have developed new markets and made notable enhancements to existing ones. Read the rest of this entry »