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On March 12, 2013, NWHM President & CEO Joan Wages was a guest on the radio show “Best Ever You.”
Click here to listen to the interview: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/besteveryou/2013/03/12/national-womens-history-museum–nwhm.
Library of Congress – A memorable image from the 1913 Women’s Suffrage Parade was that of Inez Milholland astride a white horse amid the 5,000 marchers.
At the 100th anniversary of Washington’s Women’s Suffrage Parade on Sunday, participants will march in the bold tradition of suffragette Inez Milholland — even if they, and most of America, have never heard of her. Of all the images and people invoked during this centennial celebration, perhaps the least remembered is the one woman said to have died for the cause.
Milholland, 27, sitting astride a white horse, in white, flowing, Joan of Arc robes is the most iconic image of that 1913 march. When she died three years later, she was hailed as a martyr of the women’s suffrage movement. That she is barely remembered today is part of the challenge and frustration for those who advocate for greater attention to women’s history and for those trying to build a national women’s history museum on the Mall.
The march, sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta sorority and including the National Women’s History Museum, the Sewall-Belmont House Museum and the National Organization for Women, retraces the original 5,000-person march down Pennsylvania Avenue. It will feature women in period costumes and focus broadly on women’s equality.
But in 1913, it was all about the vote.
Milholland, raised in a wealthy Brooklyn family, was educated at Vassar and had a law degree from New York University. Her father was a writer for the New York Tribune, and her parents supported progressive causes, including suffrage and civil rights. She was on the leading edge of educated women advocating for civil, labor and women’s rights. She said she proposed to her husband, Dutch importer Eugen Jan Boissevain, as part of her “new freedom” as a woman.
Milholland and Alice Paul, whom history remembers as an architect of women’s suffrage, organized the 1913 march, and infused it with allegory and symbolism. Justice, liberty, peace and hope were represented by women in robes and colorful scarves, accompanied by the sound of trumpets. Milholland helped wrap the broad themes of American life in canny visual appeals, including her youth and beauty at a time when suffragists were derided for being unfeminine and lacking respectability.
“The only people who have heard about her are those who majored in women’s history in college,” says Joan Wages, president and chief executive of the National Women’s History Museum, which has been trying to secure a permanent site on the Mall for nearly 20 years. “That is because the history textbooks still say that women were ‘given’ the vote in 1920. The 72 years that led up to that 1920 amendment are just erased.” Read the rest of this entry »
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NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MUSEUM ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION IN THE NATION’S CAPITAL MARCH 1 – 3, 2013
Washington, D.C. (January 17, 2013) The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) is pleased to announce a leading role in the upcoming Suffrage Centennial Celebration in Washington, D.C., March 1 – 3, 2013. The weekend will be a national celebration of women winning the vote and the power of their ballot, honoring a victory that took three generations and 72 years. It will highlight events beginning in 1913 that put suffrage in the national spotlight, and in 1920, secured women’s voting rights through the Nineteenth Amendment now enshrined in the Constitution.
“We’re dedicated to bringing this pivotal time in women’s history alive and are thrilled to join with other organizations and institutions—and women and men across the country—to embrace this grand Suffrage Centennial Celebration,” said Joan Wages, President and CEO of the National Women’s History Museum.
March is National Women’s History Month throughout the nation, but the DC kickoff is tailor-made for the many hungering for a richer slice of women’s history than that served up by most history books. Women weren’t “given the right to vote,” and suffrage pioneers Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were far from the movement’s only heroines.
Young suffragists and master strategists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns arrived in DC as 1913 began. They were impatient, fed up with state-by-state efforts that, after 65 years, had brought women voting rights in just 10 states—mostly western states eager to attract women. Only 60 days later, their historic women’s suffrage procession down Pennsylvania Avenue on March 3, 1913, signaled pursuit of a new national strategy– a constitutional amendment to win voting rights and a desire for the national spotlight. Read the rest of this entry »
NWHM and its Los Angeles Regional Council hosted their first event at Creative Artists Agency on the evening of Thursday, October 25, 2012. The private reception celebrated the work of Dolores Huerta, Co-founder of United Farm Workers and President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, who was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor bestowed on a citizen, and Jennifer Siebel Newsom, writer, director and producer of critically-acclaimed documentary Miss Representation and Founder and CEO of MissRepresentation.org and Girls Club Entertainment.
The evening also featured new musical artist Sheléa and NWHM President and CEO Joan Wages. Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the NWHM public service announcement (PSA), presented the full version. It is now available on the NWHM website and YouTube channel. It was a fabulous event, attended by 250 VIP guests including Geena Davis, Marie Royce, Ford Roosevelt, and Frances Fisher. The evening was made possible by Title Sponsor QVC; Presenting Sponsors Claremont Graduate University and Dermalogica; Gold Sponsors Southern California Gas Company and Rainbow Light; and Silver Sponsor The Beverly Hilton Hotel.
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Sen. Collins, Reps. Maloney & Norton introduce bipartisan bill creating
Commission to establish a National Women’s History Museum in Washington, DC
WASHINGTON, DC –Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today introduced a bill to create a Federal commission to determine the feasibility of constructing a National Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) is introducing the companion bill in the Senate.
The other cosponsors of the bill in the Senate include the dean of the women senators Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Joe Lieberman (I/D-CT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Patty Murray (D-WA), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).
“We are thrilled to have this legislation introduced by such distinguished national leaders as Senator Collins, Representatives Maloney and Norton and ten prominent senators as co-sponsors” said Joan Wages, President and CEO of the National Women’s History Museum. “The establishment of a Commission would be a giant step forward to help obtain an all-important site for the National Women’s History Museum on or close to the National Mall – the place where our nation shows what it honors.”
Although Congress authorized various other museums such as the National Museum for African American History and Culture, the National Law Enforcement Museum, and the National Museum of the American Indian, there is still no institution in the capital region dedicated to women’s role in our country’s history.
Over the years, both the Senate and House have passed different versions of a bill to create a National Women’s History Museum, but this is the first bill that would establish a commission. Since the legislation prior to this time called for land or a building adjacent and not on the Mall, a Commission was not needed. Wages said the NWHM Board and their advisers felt that this step was needed if they wanted to take the giant step forward to study a site on the Mall.
The National Museum for African American History and Culture, the Holocaust Museum and the National Museum of the American Latino each had commissions recommending their sites – and all but the Holocaust have been granted Mall sites. Unlike previous museum commissions, taxpayers will not fund this project. The proposed legislation calls for the Commission to fund itself.
“A museum dedicated to women’s history would help ensure that future generations understand what we owe to the many generations of American women who have helped build, sustain, and advance our society,” said Senator Collins. “They deserve a building to present the stories of pioneering women like abolitionist Harriet Tubman, founder of the Girl Scouts Juliette Gordon Low, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith, and astronaut Sally Ride. This can and should be done at no expense to American taxpayers.”
“A Commission to establish the National Women’s History Museum would provide a blueprint to finally honor half of our nation’s population,” Rep. Maloney said. “Funded with private donations and not tax dollars, an institution like this would acknowledge and commemorate the deep and lasting impact women have made in American history. We already have museums for flight, postage stamps, law enforcement and many other important people and issues of interest; women are long overdue for this recognition of their contributions to the very fabric of our country.”
“Women have never been content simply to be half our population. They have made remarkable contributions from the dawning days of the nation to today’s space and technological age,” Rep. Norton said. “Yet, the nation has no central showcase for this essential part of our history. That showcase for women’s contributions to the nation’s history should be in the nation’s capital.”
Although founded in 1996, the first Museum legislation for a site was not introduced until 2003. The Museum has reviewed over 40 possible locations and narrowed its search down to 3 sites which it has considered publicly and has lobbied for on Capitol Hill.
“The failure of previous legislation actually proved to be beneficial because each delay subsequently led to the development of a better option,” Wages said. NWHM has previously offered to pay fair market value for federal land and to fund the Museum construction with private monies.
The Board has always opted for a location that will draw the largest possible attendance of visitors. For example, one museum that is five blocks off the National Mall gets less than 200,000 yearly visitors while museums on the Mall get from one to seven million visitors annually. NWHM wants its exhibits and information to reach the widest possible audience.
“This will be the first museum in any nation’s capital to show the full scope of the history of its women and serve as a guiding light to people everywhere.” Wages said.
The full text of the House version of the bill is viewable here.
Founded in 1996, the National Women’s History Museum is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the diverse historic contributions of women and integrating this rich heritage fully into our nation’s history. NWHM currently disseminates information on women’s history to thousands with close to 2 million hits annually through its Online Museum (www.nwhm.org) There are over 45,000 links and references to the website from educational institutions such as Harvard, Rutgers and Stanford. In addition the Museum has over 50,000 Charter Members nationwide and a National Coalition of educational, service, and professional organizations with a reach of over 8.5 million members. Together with a host of celebrity Ambassadors and supporters, such as Geena Davis, Catherine Hardwicke, Alfre Woodard, the late Nora Ephron and Meryl Streep, the Museum is working to build a world class women’s history museum at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
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The federal government’s big green plan for a 110-acre swath of Southwest D.C. would ramp up development by as much as 5 million square feet while shrinking the area’s impact on the environment.
The National Capital Planning Commission on Thursday released its public draft report on the SW Ecodistrict — its plan to transform the space between the National Mall and the Southwest waterfront. The authors say the plan could result in an additional 2.8 million square feet of office space, 1.8 million square feet of residential and hotel space, up to five sites for new cultural buildings or memorials, and 14.3 acres of new or improved parks and plazas. It would reconnect the street grid, create 17 new intersections and expand the rail corridor, while at the same time drastically reducing environmental impact.
Bounded by Independence Avenue to the north, Maine Avenue to the south, 12th Street to the west and 4th Street to the east, the Ecodistrict encompasses 15 blocks, the Southwest Freeway, L’Enfant Promenade, eight federal buildings, eight private buildings and two federal parks.
The report (Summary PDF) breaks the Ecodistrict into four sections: Independence Quarter, the 10th Street corridor and Banneker Park, the Maryland Avenue and 7th Street corridors, and the Southwest Freeway.
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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 »
Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 06/13/2012 The Washington Post
By Jacqueline Trescott
Meryl Streep, the Oscar-winning actress, has been advocating for a National Women’s History Museum for some years. Now she is getting some help from her entertainment colleagues.
The planning board for the museum, which would be located in Washington, has enlisted some red carpet names to get the word out about their plans. Joining Streep are Geena Davis, Amy Brenneman, Kate Walsh, Nora Ephron, Frances Fisher, as well as Catherine Hardwicke, the director of the first “Twilight.”
For her first project with the group Hardwicke has directed a public service announcement called “Don’t Tell Me I Can’t.” In the spots, young girls portray women from history and actress Alfre Woodard supplies the narration.
The new PSAs range from 15 seconds to 90 seconds. Read the rest of this entry »