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NWHM Accomplishments

As of 4/13/12:

During its sixteen years as an organization, NWHM has worked hard toward obtaining a permanent museum site in the nation’s capital:

  • Since 1997, NWHM has evaluated 43 possible building sites—some privately owned, some federal buildings. In 2000, legislation was introduced in Congress directing the General Services Administration (GSA) to negotiate with NWHM for a long-term lease on the Old Post Office Pavilion Annex, a 100,000 sq. ft. glass-enclosed building at 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. The legislation passed the U. S. Senate twice on unanimous consent but stalled in the House of Representatives.
  • In 2003, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed S. 1741, legislation directing GSA to lease the Pavilion Annex to the NWHM and referred the bill to the House of Representatives.
  • On July 29, 2005, the U.S. Senate passed S.501, the National Women's History Museum Act of 2005, by unanimous consent.  Senator Susan Collins introduced the bill with 20 cosponsors, including all of the female Senators.  The bill was referred to the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, but it was not enacted before the Congressional session ended in 2006. The companion bill, H. R. 1429, was introduced in the House of Representatives under the leadership of Congresswoman Deborah Pryce.
  • On November 1, 2007, Smithsonian Institution released a request for qualifications inviting private entities to respond with a plan to renovate and occupy the Arts and Industries Building, an 1879 Victorian building located on the National Mall next door to the Smithsonian Castle. NWHM provided a detailed RFQ to SI. On May 5, 2008 Smithsonian announced that it was withdrawing consideration of a private entity occupying Arts and Industries.
  • In 2008, NWHM identified a new site bordering the National Mall. HR 6548 was introduced on July 17, 2008 by Rep. Carolyn Maloney and a companion bill, S. 3528, was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Susan Collins. On March 25, 2009, the legislation was reintroduced as HR 1700. On October 14, 2009, HR 1700 passed the House on a voice vote.
  • On October 29, 2009, Senator Susan Collins reintroduced S. 2129. On April 21, 2010, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee passed HR 1700 and S. 2129 by a voice vote.
  • On March 30, 2011 Representative Carolyn Maloney and Senator Susan Collins reintroduced The National Women's History Museum Act (HR 1269 and S 680). HR 1269 was introduced with 22 cosponsors and S 680 was introduced with 19 cosponsors. On April 14, 2011 S. 680 passed out of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) on a voice vote.

 

NWHM has the support of a strong and diverse network of national organizations representing citizens throughout the country:

  • The NWHM Honorary Board of Directors comprises over 200 members of the U.S. Congress and past and present members of the Cabinet.
  • NWHM has organized a National Coalition, currently numbering 45, of leading national women’s service and professional organizations. Together these organizations reach over 8.5 million members.
  • NWHM has developed a National Scholars Council and a Scholars Advisory Committee. The Council will support NWHM in building relationships between the Museum and the academic community, to: Create partnerships and programs of mutual interest; Identify resources for NWHM programs and collections; Guide development of NWHM programs; Raise awareness within the academic community of NWHM’s activities; and Advise on NWHM’s interactions with the academic community. The five members of the Scholars Advisory Committee will review and comment on: NWHM’s interpretive program; NWHM’s online exhibits; NWHM’s public programs; and will be called on periodically to review content and/or programs. The NSC consists of Dr. Teresa Murphy (George Washington University); Dr. Jennifer Thigpen (Washington State University); Dr. Juliana Barr (University of Florida); Dr. Marjorie Spruill (University of South Carolina); Dr. Eileen Boris (University of California- Santa Barbara); Professor Dolores Hayden (Yale); Dr. Kathryn K. Sklar (SUNY- Binghamton); and Dr. Jean Pfaelzer (University of Delaware). The SAC consists of Dr. Bonnie Morris (George Washington University); Dr. Stephanie Camp (University of Washington); Dr. Catherine Allgor (University of California- Riverside); and Dr. Sonya Michel (University of Maryland).
  • Dr. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, was the first national spokesperson to spearhead the NWHM national outreach campaign beginning in September 2001.
  • In more recent years, Academy Award winning actress Meryl Streep authored a membership invitation, which has helped to increase NWHM’s membership to 50,000, and those numbers continue to grow every month.
  • Newsletter – The NWHM newsletter, A Different Point of View, is published quarterly and mailed to over 17,000 Museum members and supporters.  The newsletter provides information on past and future educational events and programs sponsored by the Museum.  The publication features seasonal stories about topics in women’s history and notable American women, as well as updates on the progress of the Museum.

Even while in the process of procuring a permanent museum, NWHM has been able to provide an array of educational events and resources to the public and to its members.  NWHM is a renowned leader in online women’s history education. It has produced 20 Online Exhibits and corresponding lesson plans. These are available on the Museum’s website for students and teachers free of charge. There are over 45,000 education institution links or references to the NWHM website and in 2011 alone the website had 1.3 million hits.

Following are some highlights through the years:



1996- 2001

  • As its first major achievement, NWHM spearheaded the effort with other women’s organizations to raise $85,000 and generate public support to move the monument of Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony out of its 76 year confinement in the Capitol Crypt to the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol in 1997.  Now over 4 million visitors a year can see the contributions of these leaders of the Women’s Suffrage Movement.
  • NWHM was a lead participant in the 150th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage in Seneca Falls, New York, including a key role in the unveiling of a specially commissioned statue of Sojourner Truth, 19th century civil and women's rights activist.
  • In 1998, nationally recognized scholars and museum professionals convened for the sole purpose of developing the formal program of NWHM.
  • NWHM launched its Cyber Museum in 1998 at www.nwhm.org in partnership with the Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) Foundation.  A virtual exhibit, entitled Motherhood, Social Service, and Political Reform: Political Culture and Imagery of American Women Suffrage, broke new ground in educational outreach.
  • In 1999, President Clinton’s Commission on the Celebration of Women in American History issued its report calling for a women’s history museum to be created on the Mall in Washington, D.C. and specifically cited the NWHM in that role.
  • The NWHM program Women Making History has conferred awards on Elaine Chao, Elizabeth Dole, Geraldine Ferraro, Billie Jean King, Helen Thomas, Marilyn vos Savant, Sandra Day O’Connor, and the Arizona women who simultaneously held five high state political offices in 1999.
  • Throughout 2000, members of Congress and their staffs attended the NWHM Congressional Education Luncheon Series in which speakers presented some of the untold stories of women’s contributions.
  • Senator Olympia Snowe and Representative Carolyn Maloney introduced a congressional resolution with broad bipartisan support to provide a building in Washington, D.C. for the National Women’s History Museum.
  • NWHM formed The Women’s History Museums and Organizations Coalition to facilitate a collaboration of institutions dedicated to telling the story of women’s contributions to our society. Among its members is the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York.
  • NWHM Councils were formed in Alaska, Arizona, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York to coordinate educational outreach programs, recruit new members, and organize events.
  • NWHM and the World Financial Center’s Arts & Events Program opened a traveling exhibit, Rights for Women, in New York City.  Curated by Edith P. Mayo, Curator Emeritus of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the exhibit was displayed in the World Financial Center before its tour to other sites.

 

2002 – 2003

  • In March of 2002, the NWHM exhibition Clandestine Women: The Untold Stories of Women in Espionage opened at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery receiving attention in the national and international press.  Its run was extended to January 2003 due to popular demand.
  • NWHM and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery collaborated on events held in conjunction with the exhibition American Women: A Selection from the National Portrait Gallery in October 2002. 
  • NWHM sponsored Off the Wall, a presentation of the life of Charlotte Perkins Gilman with the National Woman’s Party/Sewall-Belmont House and the division of the United States Studies of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars during National Women’s History Month 2003.
  • To celebrate Women’s Equality Day in August 2003, NWHM launched an online self-guided tour in the metropolitan Washington, DC area called In Their Footsteps, which focused on historic sites associated with the women’s suffrage movement.
  • NWHM was a sponsor of the exhibition, Enterprising Women, which was shown at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. In November 2003, NWHMhosted a reception and exhibition viewing for Museum members and friends.

 

2004 - 2005

  • The most important programmatic initiative for 2004 - 2005 was the exhibition, Partners in Winning the War – American Women in World War II, which opened May 30, 2004 to coincide with the dedication of the World War II Memorial.  The exhibition focused on the often-forgotten contributions of American civilian women who served on the home front and the major contribution they made in the workforce, community and government, in both professional and voluntary capacities. Partners in Winning the War was on view through March 2005 at The Women’s Memorial located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery.
  • In honor of Women’s History Month, a self-guided tour of historic homes in the Washington, D.C. area called The Good Old Days? debuted online in March 2004.
  • A new cyber exhibit was added to the NWHM website in August 2004.  American Women in the Olympics was unveiled in honor of those women who were pioneers and champions in past Olympiads as well as women competing in the 2004 Summer Olympics held in Athens, Greece.
  • In April of 2005, NWHM partnered with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to present a discussion on the life of Lou Henry Hoover. A panel of historians, including Nancy Beck Young, author of Lou Henry Hoover, Activist First Lady, offered historical perceptions and in-depth insight into Mrs. Hoover’s role.
  • Secretary of the Interior Gale A. Norton served as the keynote speaker for the opening of the exhibition and was joined by speakers from the Women’s Bureau U.S. Department of Labor, the National Foundation of Women Legislators, and members of the NWHM Board of Directors.  Emily Yellin, author of Our Mothers’ War, a book about women in World War II, served as emcee. The audience included members of the NWHM National Coalition.

 


2006

  • On January 5th, 2006, NWHM hosted a reception after the performance of the musical Wicked (the untold story of the witches of Oz) at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts for NWHM members and the cast of Wicked.
  • The Executive Committee of the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL), a NWHM Coalition member, endorsed the passage of state-level resolutions supporting the Museum’s efforts to procure a building site.  The NFWL also encouraged the continuation of lobbying at the national level for a permanent home for the Museum.
  • NWHM continued to expand its online Cyber Museum in the fall by launching two exhibits: The History of Women in Education and Reforming their World: Women in the Progressive Era.  The first explores the history of women’s education in the United States from the 18th through the 20th centuries.  Reforming their World discusses women’s roles in the reform movement during the Progressive Era (1890-1920), when millions struggled with increasing industrialization and urbanization.
  • Supporters of NWHM attended a performance of Little Women at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. in July.  Before the show, NWHM hosted a reception at the 600 Restaurant in the Watergate Complex, where members were able to enjoy refreshments and mingle with Museum Board Members and staff.
  • On March 2nd, at a national press conference, NWHM kicked off a grassroots, nation-wide campaign focused on having its legislation pass in the House of Representatives.  Representatives from many NWHM coalition organizations came to show their support, and seven of them made statements voicing their support.  A sample of the press NWHM received after the conference included stories in the Washington Post, Associated Press, Univision, Roll Call, and MSNBC as well as in online outlets including Yahoo News, Wired, and Women’s E-news.  NWHM also received campaign coverage in states across the country and in Canada and the United Kingdom. For this campaign, Meryl Streep filmed and narrated a 6-minute DVD that was delivered to the offices of all U.S. Representatives.  An online petition to Congress launched on the NWHM website, allowing people to quickly sign and send a letter electronically to their Representatives.
  • Twenty-five radio spots featuring important American women in history were recorded by former CNN Anchor Mary Tillotson and aired on radio stations across the country during March.  (Both the film clip and radio spots are available for download from the NWHM website.)  The radio spots were part of an ongoing public awareness campaign that included press releases and media coverage educating the public about the role of women in U.S. history.
  • On April 17 and 19, NWHM co-sponsored women’s history lectures at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.  The first event featured a panel discussion of the book An American Girl and Her Four Years at a Boys College, a semi-fictional account written in the 19th century.  On April 19, authors Alisse Portnoy (Their Right to Speak: Women’s Activism in the Indian and Slave Debates) and Louise Knight (Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy) discussed their newly-released books with other panelists who provided additional insight into these topics.
  • In honor of Mother’s Day, NWHM created a special section of the website called the Roll of Honor and Remembrance.  Museum members were given the opportunity to remember and thank important women by naming them to be included on the Roll of Honor page.
  • Three new Cyber Exhibits were launched in Spring 2006.  Women in Industry 1800-1945 examines the development of women’s participation in the paid labor force during three major periods: the Industrial Revolution (1800-1880), the Progressive Era (1880-1930), and the Depression/World War II Era (1930-1945).  Rights for Women: The Suffrage Movement and its Leaders explores the history of the women’s suffrage movement in the 19th and 20th centuries.  Finally, NWHM created an online version of the exhibit Partners in Winning the War: American Women in World War II, which shows how women helped the war effort through their service in nearly every area of American life.  The original Partners temporary exhibition was on display in 2004-5 at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
  • In 2006 a new educational section was added to the NWHM website that includes:

- Lesson plans for teachers of all grade levels
- Biographies of American women who have made important contributions
to society
- A suffrage quiz and timeline
- Women’s history links

  • Other upgrades to the website include:

- A self-guided tour of historical sites relating to women’s involvement in
the  abolition movement in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and
Washington, D.C.
- An events calendar page that provides information about women’s
history related events throughout the country, categorized by state
- A page that provides background information about the NWHM Building
Site campaign, including the text of the Senate Bill and Report

 

2007

  • NWHM launched its first Cyber Exhibit of 2007 in January, Clandestine Women: Spies in American History.  The online exhibit, which highlights American women who made significant intelligence contributions during America’s wars, is based upon NWHM’s temporary exhibit that was on display in 2002-2003.
  • Members of NWHM and other guests attended a discussion of the book Belva Lockwood: The Woman Who Would be President at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made introductory remarks, and author Jill Norgren lectured on Lockwood’s life and legacy.  The event, which was followed by a reception, was co-sponsored by the Museum.
  • In March, representatives of NWHM met with New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson at a press event in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the Governor issued a statement supporting the establishment of a National Women's History Museum in Washington, D.C.  NWHM also received support from Representative Carolyn Maloney, who toured the Old Post Office Pavilion Annex and pledged to continue assisting the Museum to obtain a permanent site.
  • A Cyber Exhibit entitled Building the New World: The Women of Jamestown Settlement was launched to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, Virginia.  The exhibit anchors the redesign of the NWHM website, which includes a new layout along with dynamic features such as This Week in Women’s History, current news items, and frequently changing highlights and photos.  An exhibit on the history of NWHM National Coalition organizations has been added as well.
  • An ambitious new project called The Chronicle of American Women was added to the NWHM website in May.  The Chronicle is an online archive that will recognize the women who have contributed to the story of America, providing Museum members and supporters with the opportunity to create biographical profiles, tributes, and remembrances for themselves or for other special women.  This archive will preserve women’s stories for future generations, and as it grows it will also be made available for academic research.

 

2008

  • NWHM launched lesson plans to correspond with CyberExhibits. Five lesson plans have been placed online. To gain access to the plans, visitors must enter their information. Educators from 29 states and 7 countries utilized the lesson plans.
  • In March, NWHM launched First But Not Last: Women Who Ran For President, a cyberexhibit that features 12 women who have ran for president. NWHM also held a panel discussion at the Sewell-Belmont House and Museum to celebrate the launch of the exhibit.
  • On August 1, 2008, NWHM launched Chinese American Women: A History of Resilience and Resistance, a CyberExhibit that chronicles the lives of Chinese American women from their arrival to their first 100 years in the US. The launch coincided with an event at the National Conference at the Organization of Chinese Americans.
  • In August, NWHM launched the Right Here. Right Now. campaign to promote the need for the Museum on or near the National Mall. The campaign, in conjunction with Powell-Tate, includes several interviews and news articles that help promote the Museum and educate the public on women’s history and a function that allows the public to write letters to their Members of Congress in support of NWHM.
  • In September, NWHM launched Young and Brave: Girls Changing History, in collaboration with Girls Learn Inc. The exhibit includes biographies of 30 girls, ages 6-29, that have made an impact on history. The bios were researched and written by teenage members of Girls Learn and feature comments on how they were affected by what they had learned.
  • In December, NWHM launched Women Wielding Power: Pioneer Female State Legislators, in collaboration with the National Foundation for Women Legislators. The exhibit includes biographies of the first female state legislators from each state. To NWHM’s knowledge, this is the only collection that features information on the first female state legislators from each state.


2009

  • NWHM added new lesson plans to correspond with CyberExhibits. Educators from 36 states and 8 countries utilized the lesson plans.
  • On March 9, NWHM launched its first permanent exhibit entitled, “This Isn’t Right!: Women Reform Leaders.” The exhibit includes the items currently on display in NWHM’s administrative office from over 20 different female reform leaders. NWHM also unveiled a new cyberexhibit to correspond with the collection in May.
  • On March 25, NWHM hosted a Congressional Reception at the Capitol Visitor Center. At the event, Representative Carolyn Maloney (NWHM’s bill sponsor in the House), spoke to NWHM members about the legislation. Author Kirstin Downey also spoke about her new book entitled “The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor and his Moral Conscience.”
  • On March 29, NWHM launched a blog in order to better communicate with visitors. This allows NWHM to easily disseminate information while allowing visitors to comment on stories and interact with the Museum.

 

2010

  • NWHM added new lesson plans to correspond with CyberExhibits. Educators from 33 states and 8 countries utilized the lesson plans.
  • In March, NWHM released “Young and Brave: Girls Changing History,” a PowerPoint and lesson plan, geared towards teachers. It was made available free of charge to educators and lovers of women’s history, on the website, as well as DVD format. The PowerPoint followed NWHM’s Young and Brave online exhibit. Several hundred requests were processed.
  • In March, NWHM released podcasts of two popular Online Exhibits, “Women in the Progressive Era” and “Women in Early Film.” These podcasts are free of charge and allow students and lovers of history to learn about women’s achievements on the go.
  • In April, NWHM launched a new website, featuring a search box, as well as updated design and user interface. The new website gives visitors better access to educational materials.
  • On April 12, NWHM was honored by Good Housekeeping as part of their Shine On event. As part of the programming, NWHM presented information on the Museum.
  • In August, NWHM released “Celebrating 90 Years of Women’s Rights,” an educational DVD aimed at teachers. The 7 minute video chronicled the struggle to gain the vote and was available online and in DVD format. Several hundred requests were processed.
  • On September 21, NWHM held its first gala event at the Mandarin Oriental hotel and approximately 300 people attended. At the event, historical actress Kate Campbell Stevenson presented the stories of numerous women, including Abigail Adams and Louise Arner Boyd. She and NWHM President & CEO Joan Wages also presented information on the Museum, the importance of women’s history, and information on various unknown women.
  • On October 28, NWHM released “A History of Halloween,” a short video that explores the ancient origins of the holiday, as well as the early practices by women at the turn of the 20th century. It is available online, free of charge.
  • On November 29, NWHM released "A History of Thanksgiving," a short video that explores the origins of the festival and the special role that Sarah Josepha Hale, the "Mother of Thanksgiving," played in establishing the holiday. It is available online, free of charge.
  • On December 17, NWHM released "A History of the Winter Holidays," a short video that highlights the various traditions associated with the season, including the celebrations of lights and Christmas. The video centers on the roles women have played in preserving these beloved and time-honored traditions. It is available online, free of charge.
  • NWHM continues to provide speeches for various organizations as part of its Speaker’s Bureau. NWHM President & CEO Joan Wages and Senior VP Ann Stone have spoken to numerous groups including: Drinker Biddle LLP; Holland & Knight; Ring House; Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues; American Library Association; and AAUW.

 

2011

  • In 2011, NWHM convened three meetings with scholars from across the country for guidance on Phase I of the Museum’s interpretive plan for the physical building. The scholars were invited based on a wide-range of expertise in women’s history. Meetings were held in Washington, DC, Raleigh, NC at Duke University and at the University of California at Irvine.
  • In honor of this year's African American History Month, NWHM released a short mini-documentary on February 3 that explores the presence of African American women in the Civil War and their diverse contributions to the war effort. The video will serve as encouragement for others to explore the rich and vibrant experiences of African American women and carry their stories as inspiration throughout the year. It is available online, free of charge.
  • In March, NWHM set-up a LA Committee, consisting of five members. The committee works to plan outreach and events in California in an attempt to educate the general public and involve more people in the Museum. They are also working on a promotional video for the Museum, directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Twilight).
  • On March 3, NWHM released a mini-documentary that traces the origin of the month-long Women’s History Month celebration, and its close ties to International Women’s Day. The video also explores the roles of both American and international women in bringing about both holidays. It is available online, free of charge.
  • NWHM held regional events for residents of New Jersey and the surrounding states in March. The Museum also held a similar event for the residents of Houston, Texas in January and Chicago in July and October.
  • On April 8, NWHM launched a Lecture Series, in conjunction with the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, that is free and open to the public. At the first lecture, Dr. Marjorie Spruill (University of South Carolina/Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow) spoke at on “Women's Rights, Family Values, and the Polarization of American Political Culture.” Other lectures in 2011 included Dr. Vicki Ruiz (University of California at Irvine, “Why Latino/a History Matters to U.S. History”); Dr. Thavolia Glymph (Duke University, “African-American Women: Refugees in the Civil War”); Dr. Linda Gordon (New York University, “An Analysis of Photographer Dorothea Lange as an Example of What Women’s History Can Teach Us.”)
  • In April and October, NWHM held events at Neiman Marcus in Chevy Chase, MD. The events served as both fashion shows, as well as the opportunity for NWHM to speak about the importance of women knowing their history.
  • On April 12, NWHM was honored by Good Housekeeping as part of their Shine On event. As part of the programming, NWHM presented information on the Museum.
  • On May 3, NWHM launched "Profiles In Motherhood," a dynamic new Online Exhibit. NWHM will be adding more stories, year after year, so visitors to our site can learn what motherhood means to women from all walks of life. This exhibit is unique and a preview of a future exhibit in the physical Museum that will be focused on "Everyday Women."
  • On May 11, NWHM paid homage to the bicycle during May's National Bicycle Month with a new video, "Pedaling the Path to Freedom: American Women on Bicycles." The video explores the role of the bike as a symbol of freedom for women.  The video is an informative and fascinating look at the social history of the bicycle and will encourage the public to explore the impact of the bike in reshaping conventional social attitudes towards women. It is available online, free of charge.
  • In June, NWHM launched its first online interactive, "Progressive Era Women." The game allows users to select artifacts from five key areas of the Progressive Era—Temperance, Settlement Houses, Worker's Rights, Suffrage and Civil Rights —and connect them to complete the story of women's involvement in the Progressive Era. The interactive corresponds with NWHM's popular Online Exhibit "Reforming Their World: Women in the Progressive Era."
  • In June, NWHM staff attended the Berkshire Women Historians conference. This allowed the Museum to interface with women’s history scholars and spread the word about the Museum.
  • On November 16, NWHM held the first annual de Pizan Honors gala in Washington, DC. The awards honor and recognize women both past and present. The honorees included Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Hedy Lamarr, Grace Murray Hopper, Cathy Hughes, Marissa Mayer, Helen Grenier, and Senator John Warner.
  • NWHM continues to provide speeches for various organizations as part of its Speaker’s Bureau. NWHM President & CEO Joan Wages and Senior VP Ann Stone have spoken to numerous groups including: Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce; the Meridian Center; National Transportation Safety Board; and Arnold & Porter.

 

2012

  • NWHM continued its Lecture Series, The Past, Present, and Future of U.S. Women's History, in conjunction with the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, that is free and open to the public. The NWHM Lecture Series creates a new forum for women to testify to the contributions of the pioneering sisters who preceded them. Just as importantly, the Series offers women an opportunity to examine their roles in contemporary life and point toward the unexplored possibilities that beckon future generations. Lectures include: Dr. Deborah Willis (New York University, “New Negro Women and Beyond: Posing Beauty in African American Culture”); Professor Dolores Hayden (Yale University, “Grand Domestic Revolution: Recovering the Forgotten History of Feminism and Housing Design”); Dr. Kathleen Brown (Pennsylvania University, “What Do Sex and Laundry Have to Do With It? Thinking About Daily Life as a Source of Historical Change”). Future lectures include Dr. Robin Lakoff (UC Berkeley, “Language Makes History: Intersections of Language, Gender and Politics”); and Dr. Sonya Michel (University of Maryland, “Doing Well by Doing Good: American Women’s Long Tradition of Reform.”)
  • The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress in partnership with NWHM and the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies hosted a special presentation of Right Here I See My Own Books: The Woman’s Building Library at the World’s Columbian Exposition (University of Massachusetts Press January 2012). The book’s co-authors, Sarah Wadsworth, associate professor of English at Marquette University and Wayne A. Wiegand, F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies Emeritus at Florida State University, presented on March 2 at the Library of Congress. Right Here I See My Own Books offers new insights about this first effort to assemble a comprehensive library of women’s texts at the end of the Nineteenth Century.
  • On March 8, NWHM released Shop ‘Till You Drop: A Century of Fashion. The video explores the pioneering women of the American fashion industry, including Claire McCardell, Edith Head and Elizabeth Hawes. It also traces the history of our modern mass consumer culture and answers the question, “How did consumerism and shopping come to be associated with femininity?” A number of other fascinating areas of fashion history, including the role of department stores and women’s magazines in promoting women’s fashion and consumerism are also explored. This video helped enlighten the public about the women who have influenced the fashion industry and our modern consumer culture as producers—and more than just consumers.
  • NWHM continues to provide speeches for various organizations as part of its Speaker’s Bureau. NWHM President & CEO Joan Wages and Senior VP Ann Stone have spoken to numerous groups including: the National Gallery of Art; the Navy Installation Command; Women Construction Owners & Executives, USA; and The Delta Kappa Gamma Society.