NATIONAL WOMEN'S HISTORY MUSEUM TESTIFIES AT
HEARING OF DOLLAR COIN ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Washington, DC, June 8, 1998 -- Karen Staser, founder and president of the National Museum of Womens History (NWHM), appeared at the Congressional hearing of the Dollar Coin Advisory Committee on June 8, 1998. Ms. Staser testified in support of a new dollar coin featuring Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman.
At the hearing Ms. Staser, an expert on womens history, said, "Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman are examples of powerful women who dedicated their lives to ensuring freedom and rights for all of our citizens. Our nation is more inclusive and made stronger by these womens contributions." Ms. Staser added, "With both images of equal size, either side by side or face to face in profile, the new coin will reflect our nations diversity and move us towards a full recognition of womens profound contribution to our country - past, present, and future."
Susan B. Anthonys lifelong fight for the womens vote is well known. Harriet Tubman, an African American and former slave, led more than 300 slaves to freedom via the underground railroad. At great personal risk, she dedicated her life to fighting for abolition and womens rights.
According to Ms. Staser, "NWHM supports the continuation of Anthonys image on the dollar coin. We feel strongly that it would enrich our cultural heritage by also including Tubman, an African American female leader. In addition, this would reinforce the goals of President Clintons Initiative on Race."
The National Museum of Womens History celebrates and chronicles womens contributions to civilization, from ancient times to present day. With traditional historic texts and public spaces addressing only a fraction of womens accomplishments, NWHM collects and preserves documents and memorabilia for the purpose of sharing the achievements of women through the Museums Web site, traveling exhibits and soon-to-be announced permanent site in Washington, DC.