November Book Club: Dolley Madison

September 21st, 2015

Sunday, November 1, 2015, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM EST
St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub at 2300 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA

Join us at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub at 2300 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA for our monthly book club. For November’s book discussion we will look at A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation by Catherine Allgor.

Here is Amazon’s description of Allgor’s work:
“When the roar of the Revolution had finally died down, a new generation of politicians was summoned to the Potomac to assemble the nation’s capital. Into that unsteady atmosphere—which would soon enough erupt into another conflict with Britain—Dolley Madison arrived, alongside her husband, James. Within a few years, she had mastered both the social and political intricacies of the city, and by her death in 1849 was the most celebrated person in Washington. And yet, to most Americans, she’s best known for saving a portrait from the burning White House.

Why did her contemporaries so admire a lady so little known today? In A Perfect Union, acclaimed historian Catherine Allgor reveals how Dolley manipulated the constraints of her gender to construct an American democratic ruling style and to achieve her husband’s political goals. By emphasizing cooperation over coercion–building bridges instead of bunkers–she left us with not only an important story about our past but a model for a modern form of politics.”
This event is free and open to the public. Reserve your ticket here: http://nwhm.ticketleap.com/nwhm-book-club-dolley/

Walking Tour: “In Their Footsteps: Women’s Suffrage”

September 21st, 2015

Sunday, October 18, 2015, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST

Meet at the corner of Independence Ave and First St. SE, a block from Capitol South Metro.

Walk the same ground where suffragists fought for the right to vote in the “In Their Footsteps” tour. Through the power of place, images, and the suffragists’ own words, the struggle for equality will become real and visceral.

The tour begins at the corner of Independence Ave and First St. SE. The nearest Metro station is Capitol South, which serves the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines. The tour will cover 2.5miles, ending at the National Archives.
This event is free and open to the public. Sign up at http://bit.ly/NWHM_walk2

Wine Tasting and Buffet Luncheon to Benefit National Women’s History Museum

September 21st, 2015

Though women are responsible for 60% of wine purchases in the United States, many lack confidence in making selections. Industry marketing aimed towards women characterizes wine as a respite from women’s daily responsibilities, while marketing towards men emphasizes wine as a high end consumer good. This has fostered a perception that women are not savvy or serious about quality.

Women in the DC-metro area are invited to enjoy a stimulating wine event on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. The luncheon will feature leading Napa Valley and Sonoma Count women winemakers and vintners and their artisanal wines paired with the organic bounty from award-winning Restaurant Nora. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the National Women’s History Museum’s programs.

Event organizer, A Woman’s Palate, is a woman-owned business that aims to change the way women think about and buy wine. Through seminars, tastings, and a “boot camp,” AWP connects women winemakers to female customers, empowers women consumers with wine knowledge, and encourages women to enjoy fine wines.

Event details:
Tuesday, October 13
Noon to 2:30 pm
Restaurant Nora
2132 Florida Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
$120 per person

Please RSVP to Susan Citron at A Woman’s Palate or susan@awomanspalate.com
412-370-1970

Pre-Emmy Event Celebrated Women in Entertainment

September 21st, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MUSEUM AND GLAMOUR PRESENT 4th ANNUAL WOMEN MAKING HISTORY EVENT

Viola Davis, Diane Warren, and Gale Anne Hurd Accept Awards

 

(L-R) Editor in Chief of Glamour Magazine Cindi Leive, actress Viola Davis, and and President and CEO, National Women’s History Museum, Joan Wages attend the 4th Annual Women Making History Brunch presented by the National Women’s History Museum and Glamour Magazine at Skirball Cultural Center on September 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for National Women’s History Museum)

Critically acclaimed actress and philanthropist Viola Davis, accomplished Grammy winning songwriter Diane Warren and award-winning producer Gale Anne Hurd were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in film and the arts at an exclusive pre-Emmy brunch hosted by the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM), its Los Angeles Regional Council along with Glamour. The event commemorated the achievements of women and expanded awareness of the Museum and the importance of preserving women’s history.

 

Through their philanthropic and professional endeavors, each of these women are considered outstanding examples of what women can accomplish. The awards were presented by Maria Bello, Leona Lewis and Kim Dickens. On accepting their awards, each honoree noted the importance of women’s contributions to the film and entertainment industry and the significance of a physical building that would record these contributions for future generations.

 

In a preview of her Emmy acceptance speech, Davis shared that ‘It is her mission in life to make women of color a part of the narrative in our business; for our stories to be told and for there to be no limits on the absolute expansiveness of our lives.”

 

Actress Frances Fisher speaks onstage during the 4th Annual Women Making History Brunch presented by the National Women's History Museum and Glamour Magazine at Skirball Cultural Center on September 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for National Women's History Museum)

Actress Frances Fisher speaks onstage during the 4th Annual Women Making History Brunch presented by the National Women’s History Museum and Glamour Magazine at Skirball Cultural Center on September 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for National Women’s History Museum)

Warren noted the steady increase of women as heads of companies, but said women should just be recognized for their work. “We hear that there are women directors, women producers, women songwriters, why do we have to be in a box? We’re just directors, producers, actors songwriters. Do they say male producers, directors?”

 

Hurd, who noted her own mentorship from famed producer/screenwriter Debra Hill, shared her own intentions to feature women prominently in her film and movie projects. “Women’s stories are just as compelling as men and often, I think, even more.”

Other notable guests in attendance included Amy Brenneman, Brianna Brown, Anna Chlumsky, Jackie Cruz, Francis Fisher, Taryn Manning, Ana Ortiz and Kate Walsh among others.

 

To view images from the event: http://assignments.gettyimages.com/mm/nicePath/gyipa_public?nav=pr295342581

“We are delighted to join with our LA Council to honor these three remarkable women,” said Joan Wages, NWHM President and CEO. “The countless achievements and contributions women have made in shaping this nation have been left out of the historical narrative and it’s beyond time to correct the record. We are committed to integrating women’s history into the American mainstream; in doing so, we will ensure that future generations will recognize the tremendous value women bring to society.”

 

Actress Maria Bello (L) and singer Leona Lewis attend the 4th Annual Women Making History Brunch presented by the National Women's History Museum and Glamour Magazine at Skirball Cultural Center on September 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for National Women's History Museum)

Actress Maria Bello (L) and singer Leona Lewis attend the 4th Annual Women Making History Brunch presented by the National Women’s History Museum and Glamour Magazine at Skirball Cultural Center on September 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for National Women’s History Museum)

NWHM’s mission is to educate, inspire, empower, and shape the future by integrating women’s distinctive history into the culture and history of the United States. A key element of advancing that mission is tobuild a world-class museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

 

The event was held at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA where guests enjoyed manicures by sponsor Essie and music curated by DJ Daisy O’Dell.

 

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.

About Glamour 

Glamour is the biggest fashion and beauty magazine brand in its competitive set, reaching an all-time high of one out of eight American women, with 12.2 million print readers and 9 million unique users online. Glamour has received a record number of National Magazine Awards, including Magazine of the Year, honoring print and digital excellence, and General Excellence for its category. Its content is available in an iPad edition, apps, podcasts, and books—including two New York Times best sellers. In 2013 Glamour launched its video channel, which now boasts 43 video series and has received substantial critical accolades, including a 2014 National Magazine Award for Video and a Television Academy honor. In 2014 Glamour launched Lipstick.com, Glamour’s stand-alone beauty site and Condé Nast’s first-ever digital spin-off. With a robust social strategy across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, Google+, and Tumblr, Glamour’s total social media footprint is at a record high of 52 million touchpoints. For more information, visit Glamour.com.

 

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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.

 

 

(L-R) Honorees Diane Warren, Viola Davis and Gale Anne Hurd attend the 4th Annual Women Making History Brunch presented by the National Women's History Museum and Glamour Magazine at Skirball Cultural Center on September 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for National Women's History Museum)

(L-R) Honorees Diane Warren, Viola Davis and Gale Anne Hurd attend the 4th Annual Women Making History Brunch presented by the National Women’s History Museum and Glamour Magazine at Skirball Cultural Center on September 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for National Women’s History Museum)

An Informal Wine Tasting and Buffet Luncheon to Benefit NWHM

September 16th, 2015

Please join us for a quick afternoon trip to California wine country 

An Informal Wine Tasting and Buffet Luncheon to Benefit National Women’s History Museum 

Featuring leading Napa Valley and Sonoma County women winemakers and vintners and their artisanal wines paired with the organic bounty from award-winning Restaurant Nora

 

Tuesday, October 13
Noon
to 2:30 pm
Restaurant Nora
2132 Florida Avenue NW
Washington, DC  20008

$120 per person

 

Please RSVP to Susan Citron at A Woman’s Palate or susan@awomanspalate.com
412-370-1970

 

Movie Night: “Bessie”

September 2nd, 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm EST

Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, VA 22307

NWHM will host a viewing of the HBO movie Bessie, starring Queen Latifah. Bessie (2015) follows the story of legendary blues performer, Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and ’30s. The film focuses on Smith’s transformation from a struggling young singer into “The Empress of the Blues,” who became one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s and is an enduring icon today.
Join us at the Martha Washington Library for a film screening and conversation. We’ll provide the popcorn.

This screening is free and open to the public. Sign up at http://nwhm.ticketleap.com/movie-night-bessie/

Walking Tour: “In Their Footsteps: Women’s Suffrage”

September 2nd, 2015

Saturday, September 12, 2015, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST

Meet at the corner of Independence Ave and First St. SE, a block from Capitol South Metro.
Walk the same ground where suffragists fought for the right to vote in the “In Their Footsteps” tour. Through the power of place, images, and the suffragists’ own words, the struggle for equality will become real and visceral.

The tour begins at the corner of Independence Ave and First St. SE. The nearest Metro station is Capitol South, which serves the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines. The tour will cover 2.5miles, ending at the National Archives. This event is free and open to the public. Sign up at http://nwhm.ticketleap.com/walking-tour-suffrage/

Celebrate Women’s Equality Day – August 26

August 12th, 2015

August 12, 2015

Women’s Equality Day will be celebrated August 26. Women’s Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment while also calling attention to women’s continuing efforts towards full equality.

Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), a leader in the women’s rights movement, introduced a Congressional Resolution in 1971 designating August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day” to draw attention to women’s on-going pursuit of equality. The date was symbolically selected as the anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which secured women the right to vote.  The resolution requests that the President issue an annual proclamation to commemorate Women’s Equality Day as a reminder that women continue to face inequality and discrimination. Organizations, museums, groups, and local governments across the country will hold Women’s Equality Day events.

National Women’s History Museum will celebrate Women’s Equality Day when it kicks off its “In their Footsteps: Counting Down to 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage” initiative in August 2015. Activities over the next five years will include a monthly walking tour, educational curriculum, in-depth historical content, on-line exhibits, and live programming. Visit www.NWHM.org to learn more.

Passage of the 19th Amendment culminated a 72-year struggle that began with the first major women’s rights conference at Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. Over the ensuring years, thousands of women and men campaigned for women’s voting rights through rallies, the media, demonstrations, and political lobbying. Women voting rights activists were the first group to picket the White House. The suffrage amendment passed the US Congress in June 1919 and became law after the 36th state legislature, Tennessee, ratified it in August 1920.

Walking Tour: “In Their Footsteps: Women’s Suffrage Trail”

August 3rd, 2015
 Sunday, August 16, 2015, 10:00am-12:30pm

Meet at the corner of Independence Ave and First St. SE, a block from Capitol South Metro

Walk the same ground where suffragists fought for the right to vote in the “In Their Footsteps” tour. Through the power of place, images, and the suffragists’ own words, the struggle for equality will become real and visceral. Afterwards, you will not only have a greater understanding of the women’s struggles to secure the right to vote, but you will also become more inspired to vote yourself.

The American woman suffrage movement is recognized as officially starting in 1848, at the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention in New York. Over the next 72 years, generations of activist women (and men) worked tirelessly until the 19th Amendment was adopted. It took the efforts of a wide range of women, from the most radical advocates of male and female equality, to women who saw the right to vote as necessary to more effectively advocate for moral and social reform. Their efforts to succeed set the stage for grassroots efforts to come, proving that determined citizens can achieve change.

The tour begins at the corner of Independence Ave and First St. SE . The nearest Metro station is Capitol South, which serves the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines. The tour will cover three miles, ending at the White House. This event is free and open to the public.
http://nwhm.ticketleap.com/suffrage-walking-tour/

Facebook Spreads the Word about Women’s History

July 27th, 2015

A new Pew Research Center study has found that the number of Americans who receive their news primarily from social media including Twitter and Facebook is increasing. More people are encountering and interacting with news posts in their feeds. A record 63% of users say that these platforms serve as a source of information beyond family and friends. On the heels of this study, the historical stories of remarkable women shared on social media are engaging people in conversations like never before. NWHM’s Facebook page is on the cusp of surpassing 250,000 Likes, and the posts’ average weekly reach is 4.4 million and rising. NWHM’s most popular post tells the story of May Edward Chinn, the first African American woman to graduate from Bellevue Hospital Medical College in New York City. (http://on.fb.me/1HuQme7) This post reached more than 4 million people. More importantly, it generated 66,780 Likes, 21,763 shares, and more than 6,000 comments across all of the pages to which it was shared.  The comments express admiration for Dr. Chinn, regret that she was not recognized in her time, and inspiration drawn from her accomplishments.  Social media is demonstrating tremendous power to connect people with their history. Rather than passively consuming historical news, NWHM’s Facebook fans use it to frame their own experiences and better understand their lives. If you haven’t already “liked” our page, navigate to https://www.facebook.com/womenshistory and join the conversation.