Policy Pioneers Reception


On March 5, NWHM co-hosted the Policy Pioneers Reception at the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum on Capitol Hill.  The Sewall-Belmont House and the National Foundation for Women Legislators joined the museum in sponsoring the event.  The program recognized the political leadership of women from the state to the national level.

NWHM was well-represented with President Susan Jollie; Board Members Linda Denny, Johanna Hardy, Alma Morales Riojas, Ann Stone, Wilma Vaught, and Joan Wages; and National Advisor Becky Schergens in attendance.  Susan Jollie presented a Policy Pioneer award to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) and Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).

Jollie paid tribute Senator Hutchinson’s role in promoting women’s history. She authored the book American Heroines: The Spirited Women Who Shaped Our Country and is at work on another dealing with women’s history. Sen. Hutchinson as well as all the other women Senators have been co-sponsors of the National Women’s History Museum Act.

Rep. Maloney was acknowledged for her leadership role in promoting legislation that authorized NWHM to move the statue of the leaders of the Suffrage Movement into the Capitol Rotunda where millions of visitors learn about the struggle for women’s political equality. Rep. Maloney energized the attendees by recounting her experiences in overcoming opposition to giving proper recognition to these women leaders and by pledging to continue aiding the cause of promoting greater awareness of women’s history.

Other award recipients included Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Representatives Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH), and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL).  Other members in attendance were Mary Fallin (R-OK), Diane Watson (D-CA), and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). The more than 250 attendees from around the country were able to share the history of women’s political achievements and to honor many accomplished women.

In addition to enjoying excellent food and wine, guests also had the opportunity to explore the historic Sewall-Belmont House and Museum.  The house was the headquarters of the National Woman’s Party and was the Washington home of party founder and suffragist Alice Paul.

NWHM congratulates and thanks the National Foundation for Women Legislators and the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum for collaborating on such a successful and enjoyable event.  It was a wonderful way to kick off Women’s History Month.

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