I was shocked at the amount of women's history I never knew. I am a history geek and was looking for this information from High School through College and beyond but it was missing. It has been left out of our textbooks, our museums, our parks...everything, but this group is fighting to bring it into the mainstream. The stories of women as individuals who did great things and amazing group efforts by women that helped make America great are fascinating. Some of the stories are shocking...some are joyful ...all are interesting!! They are also influencing women's history to be discovered and spotlighted in other countries as well ! They are very careful with their donor's money.
This organization has multiple kinds of programs; speaker's bureau, traveling exhibits, lecture series, online exhibtis that contain information found nowhere else. Their work is life changing and ground breaking.
It took them 15 years to find a site worthy of their subject matter and now they have bipartisan support to get Congress to act to give them a permanent home. We look forward to them joining the other great museums on the National Mall to show that America truly honors their women.
The National Women History Museum performs a number of needed functions, superbly as it pursues a building site on or near the Mall in Washington DC. Included are its wonderful website nwhm.org, major events, for example its De Pizan Galas honoring contemporary women whose achievements garner awards in various categories and "linked" to women in history in similar fields. It has great online exhibits on the website, an exciting and informative newsletter about its activities and about the role of women in the development of our country and often the world. Also a serious and academic lecture program in Washington,. It's goal is to fill in the missing part of U.S. history. Knowledge of that history will influence the future as more people of both genders know their history in full and learn about prior and current women path finders. Girls will realize realize their goals can be reached. There will be more unleashed brain power to help our country in this new and exciting times, less teen pregnancy and domestic violence. It is not asking for too much when one realizes that now children and adults are asking why they didn't learn about that earlier? The NWHM is doing all this with a small staff and some very dedicated volunteers. It's sights are set and it will achieve its goal of a world class national women's history museum on the Mall in Washington DC, the only country in the world to recognized the achievements and contributions of its women now and in history.
MISSING IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: A national museum for women's history anchoring their
collective records, stories, and facts.
The omission of women's contributions from the bulk of recorded history needs to be abated.
That is what the National Women's History Museum is set to accomplish.
I am here from Texas to assist in the effort and success.
I joined the Board of Directors in 2011 and have been immensely impressed with the staff and Board commitment to the cause of women's history. This is a much-needed step in public education of women's history. The excellent online exhibits are only the beginning. A permanent location on the Mall is an absolute necessity. I can't wait to walk through the front doors when it is built. It can't happen without public support, however, and our recent polls confirm a majority of Americans support creation of the Museum on the Mall in Washington D.C. I want my children to be able to see firsthand how important history education is to me, my peers, and our future.
I have worked with the National Women's History Museum for over 13 years. Its growth and reach during those years is remarkable! Today it operates as a cyber-museum allowing anyone with internet access to enjoy the educational exhibits, see profiles of remarkable women and interesting events. Teachers use the NWHM site to download lesson plans for each exhibit. When I tell stories of women who made a big impact on our nation the question from the listener is always "Why didn't I know about this? Where can I learn?" This is what the NWHM is all about. One day visitors will be able to learn about women's contributions to our culture and society by visiting the National Women's History Museum in Washington, DC. This will be the first museum dedicated to the history of women in any nation's capital in the world.