NWHM Book Club: “The Invention of Wings”

June 22nd, 2015

Monday, July 20 6:30pm

Join us at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub at 2300 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA for our monthly book club.  For July’s book discussion we will look at Sue Monk Kidd’s “The Invention of Wings,” a novel inspired by Sarah Grimke, a real-life Southern abolitionist.

According to Amazon: “Hetty ‘Handful’ Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.”

Sign up for free at http://nwhm.ticketleap.com/nwhm-book-club-the-invention-of-wings/

June and July Events

June 2nd, 2015
  1. “Find the Women” Scavenger Hunt at the National Air and Space Museum
    When: Saturday, June 6th, at 10am
    Where: National Air and Space Museum, in front of the Golden Age of Flight exhibit room on the first floor.
    What: NWHM will host a scavenger hunt at the National Air and Space Museum where participants will be given clues and a guide to find the places in the museum where women and their contributions are mentioned. The scavenger hunt will be followed by a discussion in the museum’s food court. We will be meeting at 10am in front of the Golden Age of Flight exhibit room on the first floor.
    http://www.meetup.com/NWHM-Women-s-History-Group/
  2. Google Art Talk on “Women & STEM Education: Conduit to Opportunity”
    When: June 10, 12pm EST
    Where: Online https://plus.google.com/events/c04br76p6t0h0s1mue7851ijsj0
    What: Today’s trending conversations around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math include the need for better STEM education and the benefits of STEM careers. The problem of women being under represented in STEM fields yet desperately needed is often singled out. Girls’ routes to STEM careers begin in the educational pipeline. Join while we explore the problem of women & STEM education, the history of women’s K-college formal education that influenced career opportunities, and the solutions underway in both formal and informal education settings today.Our Panelists:
    Mimi Lufkin, Chief Executive Officer, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity
    Dr. Linda Eisenmann, Ed.D., Provost, Professor Education and History, Wheaton College
    Wendy Hancock, Manager, Professional Development and Exhibition Services, Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC)

    Moderated by: Sydnee Winston, Project Coordinator, National Women’s History Museum

  3. Book Discussion: “Hedy’s Folly: The Life & Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World”
    When: Monday, June 22nd at 6:30pm
    Where: St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub, 2300 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301
    What: For June’s book discussion we will look at Richard Rhodes 2011 biography of Hedy Lamarr: “Hedy’s Folly: The Life & Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World.”
    http://www.meetup.com/NWHM-Women-s-History-Group/
  4. HBO’s ‘Iron Jawed Angels’ Viewing & Discussion
    When: Thursday, July 9th at 6pm
    Where: Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, VA, 22307
    What: NWHM will be hosting a viewing of HBO’s film on the Suffrage Movement, “Iron Jawed Angels,” followed by a brief discussion. The event will be held at the Martha Washington Library in Alexandria. Popcorn and drinks will be included! We’ll be in the library’s large meeting room, but if you can’t find us, just ask the workers at the information desk where the NWHM movie viewing is taking place.
    http://www.meetup.com/NWHM-Women-s-History-Group/

Google Art Talk – Women in STEM

May 19th, 2015

June 10, 12pm EST

Join us for a Google Art Talk on “Women & STEM Education: Conduit to Opportunity” on June 10, 2015 at 12 pm EST.

Today’s trending conversations around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math include the need for better STEM education and the benefits of STEM careers. The problem of women being under represented in STEM fields yet desperately needed is often singled out. Girls’ routes to STEM careers begin in the educational pipeline. Join while we explore the problem of women & STEM education, the history of women’s K-college formal education that influenced career opportunities, and the solutions underway in both formal and informal education settings today.

Our Panelists:
Mimi Lufkin, Chief Executive Officer, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity
Dr. Linda Eisenmann, Ed.D., Provost, Professor Education and History, Wheaton College
Wendy Hancock, Manager, Professional Development and Exhibition Services, Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC)

Moderated by: Sydnee Winston, Project Coordinator, National Women’s History Museum

Sign up at https://plus.google.com/events/c04br76p6t0h0s1mue7851ijsj0

National Women’s History Museum Applauds Appointment of Commissioners

May 15th, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MUSEUM APPLAUDS APPOINTMENT OF COMMISSIONERS

 

Washington, DC (May 2015) – The National Women’s History Museum is pleased that the eight commissioners have been appointed to the Congressional Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women’s History Museum. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has appointed Jane Abraham and Bridget Bush, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has appointed Mary Boies and Maria Socorro Pesqueira, House Speaker John Boehner has appointed Marilyn Musgrave and Kathy Wills Wright, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has appointed Emily Rafferty and Pat Mitchell.

The Commission (which is being privately-funded) will be comprised of eight members – two appointed by each Congressional leader – who will be responsible for making a recommendation to Congress regarding the creation of the museum. The Commissioners are charged with studying the cost, impact, fundraising and location of the museum and will report their findings within the next 18 months. The legislation included suggested qualifications of the commissioners including expertise in history, fundraising, and museum establishment.  NWHM believes that any necessary expertise not represented by the commissioners could be provided by advisors and consultants. Furthermore, the legislation allows for the Commission to convene a public forum at which interested parties may comment on issues the Commission is charged with studying.

The creation of this Commission marks another step forward in our efforts to establish a museum to honor the women of our nation. We look forward to assisting all of the commissioners over the next 18 months.

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.

 

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Media inquiries:

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

 

 

Pursuing Opportunity: Women in Higher Education

April 8th, 2015

NWHM invites you to attend “Pursuing Opportunity: Women in Higher Education,” the eighth forum in its <em>Initiating Change/Adapting to Change</em> lecture series on Thursday, April 9 at 6:00 pm at The GWU Morton Auditorium.

Education is a pathway towards self-improvement, whether for the love of knowledge or better professional opportunities. Women today represent more than 50% of university students, a stunning change from the past when they were barred from many colleges and marginalized in others. Achieving parity forever changed American society. Join us to discuss how higher education changed women, and how women changed higher education.

Linda Eisenmann, Ed.D. (Provost, Professor of Education/History, Wheaton College) and Gloria L. Blackwell (Vice President of Fellowships, Grants & Global Programs, AAUW) are the speakers for the event.

The one-hour discussion will take place at The Morton Auditorium located on The George Washington University’s campus at 6:00 pm, followed by a reception from 7:00-7:30pm. General admission is $10 but there is a discount code available for NWHM members. Tickets are free for teachers and students with a valid student ID. To buy tickets go to http://nwhm.ticketleap.com/education/
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Women Making History 2015

March 20th, 2015

Join us for “Women Making History” on May 11. The event recognizes a select group of women who have made a significant contribution to their field and serve as inspiration to women everywhere.

To buy tickets, go to http://nwhm.org/womenmakinghistory/

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Google Art Talk – Monday March 23

March 17th, 2015

NWHM will be presenting a Google Art Talk on Monday, March 23 at 12 pm EST.

The title is “History from the Women’s Perspective.”

History is full of exciting stories about interesting people who achieved amazing things. All too often, however, the popular narrative has not included women. Using National Women’s History Museum’s newest exhibit on the Google Cultural Institute “New Beginnings: Immigrant Women and the American Experience,” we’ll discuss how to incorporate women’s perspectives into historical stories.

To sign-up go to: https://plus.google.com/events/cnva81hdirposgnra4tlcjfh3bg

Mar 19: Women in Peace & Conflict Forum

March 2nd, 2015

 

NWHM invites you to attend “Women in Peace & Conflict,” the seventh forum in its Initiating Change/Adapting to Change lecture series on Thursday, March 19 at 6:00 pm at The GWU Morton Auditorium.

This program will examine the historical and contemporary aspects of Women and Peace & Conflict. Dr. Wendy E. Chmielewski (George R. Cooley Curator at the Swarthmore College Peace Collection) and Jody Williams (1997 Nobel Peace Prize Winner) are the speakers for the event.

The one-hour discussion will take place at The Morton Auditorium located on The George Washington University’s campus at 6:00 pm, followed by a reception from 7:00-7:30pm. General admission is $10 but there is a discount code available for NWHM members. Tickets are free for teachers and students with a valid student ID.

Tickets are available at http://nwhm.ticketleap.com/peace/

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NWHM Welcomes Laura Dale Rheintgen as Director of Development

February 11th, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NWHM WELCOMES LAURA DALE RHEINTGEN AS DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

 

ALEXANDRIA, VA – FEBRUARY 11, 2015 – The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) today announced that Laura Dale Rheintgen has joined the organization as Director of Development. Ms. Rheintgen, a seasoned development professional with more than twenty years of experience, will lead NWHM’s fund development efforts, including developing and planning a campaign to build a world class museum.

“We are delighted to welcome Laura Rheintgen to the National Women’s History Museum,” said NWHM President and CEO, Joan Wages. “Laura joins us at a pivotal time for the organization. With our legislation signed into law last December, a Congressional Commission (currently being assembled) will begin a study regarding the governance, organizational structure, operations, fundraising and location of the Museum. This is a tremendous step forward for NWHM and for all women, and Laura’s deep experience will be a tremendous asset as we move closer to building a physical museum.”

Most recently serving as Director of Development at Scholarship America, Laura’s professional experience includes extended stints at the United States Institute for Peace (USIP), the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). While at the United States Institute of Peace, Laura served as Senior Development Officer for its successful $176 million “Building for Peace Campaign.” USIP, established in 1984 by an act of Congress as an independent nonpartisan organization, is dedicated to advancing the cause of international peace. “I am honored to join the National Women’s History Museum at this important juncture in its evolution to represent women’s accomplishments across our nation,” said Ms. Rheintgen.

Ms. Rheintgen holds a B.A. in German and International Studies from West Virginia University and a Masters in International Affairs from The American University. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Land Trust of Virginia from 2011-2014 and currently serves as a member of its Advisory Board.

 

About the National Women’s History Museum: Founded in 1996, The National Women’s History Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating, inspiring, empowering, and shaping the future by integrating women’s distinctive history into the national narrative. Toward that end, NWHM is working to build a world-class museum at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. – the nation’s premiere symbolic space. Although women constitute a majority of the population, their diverse experiences, achievements, contributions and overall impact on this nation are grossly underrepresented in the telling of history. The National Women’s History Museum seeks to change that and currently works to raise awareness about the vital and integral role women have played in building this nation through its robust website, educational programs, events, scholarship, member newsletter, and social media. To learn more visit us at www.nwhm.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Linked In.

 

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NWHM Welcomes Susan D. Whiting as Board Chair

January 28th, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NWHM WELCOMES SUSAN D. WHITING AS BOARD CHAIR

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA – JANUARY 29, 2015 –The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) is proud to announce that Susan D. Whiting has been appointed to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors. Ms. Whiting is a longtime C-suite executive and Board Director with extensive experience working with multinational corporate and not-for-profit organizations. For the past decade, she has served as a top advisor and director for consumer, technology and financial services companies, working closely with executive leadership, external business partners, clients and investors. For decades, Ms. Whiting has mentored female business leaders around the world through corporate and government supported programs, as well as through her personal relationships.

Ms. Whiting currently serves on the Board of Directors for Alliant Energy Corporation and DJE Holdings. She is also actively involved in several civic, educational and environmental organizations, including serving on the board of directors of The Trust for Public Land, as a trustee of Denison University, and as chair of the board of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago. She is a member of The Chicago Network, the Economic Club of Chicago, the International Women’s Forum and the Tiffany’s Circle of the American Red Cross.

For more than three decades, Ms. Whiting was at the forefront of media and consumer measurement as a senior executive at Nielsen, where she most recently served as vice chair before retiring from the firm in January 2014. Ms. Whiting had a hand in various research industry firsts through media transitions, such as the beginning of cable television, telecommunications, and measurement in a multi-channel, multi-screen world. During her tenure, Ms. Whiting formed and led committees to ensure diverse consumer representation in measurement.

According to NWHM President & CEO, Joan Wages, “Susan’s vast experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors coupled with her expertise in change management, partnerships, measurement, strategic planning and governance will be a tremendous asset as we move toward the establishment of the Congressional Commission and ultimately building the Museum in Washington, DC.”

“I am delighted and honored to serve NWHM. It is with tremendous gratitude and deep appreciation that I look forward to helping the voices and experiences of this land’s great women become more deeply ingrained in our country’s narrative,” said Ms. Whiting. “Throughout my life I have been inspired by strong women on both sides of my family, and of course, by those I’ve met and read about all over the world. Telling historically accurate and remarkable stories is an essential part of inspiring greatness for years to come.”

Ms. Whiting’s lineage traces back to Susan B. Anthony, a cousin on her mother’s side of the family, who was a national icon in the woman suffrage movement.

 

About the National Women’s History Museum: Founded in 1996, The National Women’s History Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating, inspiring, empowering, and shaping the future by integrating women’s distinctive history into the national narrative. Toward that end, NWHM is working to build a world-class museum at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. – the nation’s premiere symbolic space. Although women constitute a majority of the population, their diverse experiences, achievements, contributions and overall impact on this nation are grossly underrepresented in the telling of history. The National Women’s History Museum seeks to change that and currently works to raise awareness about the vital and integral role women have played in building this nation through its robust website, educational programs, events, scholarship, member newsletter, and social media. To learn more visit us at www.nwhm.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Linked In.

 

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Press Contact: Susan Murphy, NWHM –703-461-1920 or SMurphy@nwhm.org