Standing Up For Change: Women & The Civil Rights Movement

March 10th, 2014

January is National Oatmeal Month

January 27th, 2014

By: Katherine Dvorak

Did you know that January is National Oatmeal Month? That’s right, an entire month dedicated to oatmeal. What better way to observe this honor than to celebrate the best thing about oatmeal: the oatmeal raisin cookie.

When ranking cookies, the oatmeal raisin cookie easily cracks the top three; it’s almost a perfect cookie: hearty and full of soft, sweet raisins…oatmeal raisin cookies are the best.

Our modern cookie is descended from oat cakes made by the Scots and Brits as far back as 1,000 B.C.E. Exactly when raisins were first added is unknown but records of nuts and raisins being added to oat cakes can be found in the Middle Ages. After Fannie Merritt Farmer wrote down the first actual oatmeal raisin recipe in 1896 the cookie became popular and by the early 1900’s Quaker Oats had a recipe on every container.

That recipe remains on the container’s lid to this day and for me, it’s the best recipe:

· 1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened

· 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

· 1/2 cup granulated sugar

· 2 eggs

· 1 teaspoon vanilla

· 1-1/2 cup all-purpose flour

· 1 teaspoon baking soda

· 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

· 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

· 3 cup Quaker® Oats

· 1 cup raisins

Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and raisins; mix well. Drop dough onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown.

What’s your favorite recipe? Do you prefer yellow raisins for an extra bit of sweetness? Or do you add chocolate bits for some chocolaty goodness? You can never have too many oatmeal raisin cookies so share your favorite recipe in the comments.

Meanwhile, I’m off to bake.

Game Changers: American Women in Sports

January 23rd, 2014

Please Join Us on March 4 – NWHM Lobby Day

January 16th, 2014

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

Click the image below to view the video.

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 President & CEO, Joan Wages, Testifies at Capitol Hearing

December 11th, 2013

If you were unable to join us on December 11, 2013 at the House Administration Committee hearing on “Establishing a Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women’s History Museum,” you can view the video footage below from the testimony or by clicking here. (Skip to the 32nd minute to begin watching the testimony.)

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NWHM to Testify at Capitol Hearing on Women’s History Museum

December 9th, 2013

We are delighted to announce that the House Administration Committee will hold a hearing on “Establishing a Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women’s History Museum” on Wednesday, December 11 at 10:30am EST.  This is the first time that NWHM has been invited to testify.

House Bill Sponsors Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Marsha Blackburn will testify about the need for the Museum. NWHM President & CEO Joan Wages has also been invited to testify.

To those who will be (or are able to be) in the Washington, D.C. area, we would be honored to have you join us.  The hearing will be held in the House Administration Committee hearing room, which is 1310 of the Longworth House Office Building.

Of course, should you be unable to join us in person, you can follow the hearing via webcast by going to the Committee website and clicking on the link to the webcast. Thank you for your continuing support of our mission. Together, we WILL succeed in honoring all of the women who have shaped this great nation by providing them the home they so richly deserve.


Historical Women Who Rocked: Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971)

December 4th, 2013

Margaret Bourke-White was born in New York. She completed her undergraduate education at Cornell University in 1927 and was an original staff member of Fortune and Life magazines. She became the first western photographer allowed to photograph inside the Soviet Union and covered the invasion of the Soviet Union by the German Army as well as the Italian Liberation. In 1945, she accompanied United States troops as they liberated Buchenwald Concentration Camp. She covered Gandhi’s campaign of non-violence in India and apartheid in South Africa. Since her death in 1971, her photographic works have been used by the United States Postal Service as postage stamps and her life as been portrayed on television and on the movie screen.