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National Womens History Museum

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Causes: Arts & Culture, History Museums, Women, Womens Studies

Mission: The National Women's History Museum (NWHM), founded in 1996, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the diverse historic contributions of women, and integrating this rich heritage fully into our nation's history. Until legislation passes in Congress designating a permanent museum in Washington, D.C., the NWHM promotes women's history through its temporary exhibits, special events, Cyber Museum, and online educational materials.

Programs: The nwhm held special events in washington and los angeles to make the public aware of its efforts for a national women's history museum and to raise money for the nwhm programs. These events brought together in excess of 750 individuals and thousands more were made aware of the need for the museum through publicity and social media. Also in partnership with george washington university, nwhm held four forums:-"game changers: american women & sports" - february 2014-"standing up for change: women & the civil rights movement" - march 2014-"new beginnings: immigrant women and the american experience" - october 2014-"breaking in: women & stem, then and now" - november 2014those attending the events were informed about some of the accomplishments of women in history and shared in the recognition of the achievements of several remarkable contemporary american women.

the building site program developed and implemented legislative advocacy in support of the nwhm's legislation (h. R. 863 and s. 398) to create a commission. Legislation passed congress and signed into law that will make recommendations of governance, operations, fundraising, and site location. The commission will be funded with private monies.

the nwhm website (www. Nwhm. Org) is its primary means of disseminating women's history to the general public and it routinely adds educational information gaining more than 3 million hits in 2014. Nwhm launched an online exhibit and other educational resources such as biographies, educational videos on women from history, videos from forum discussions and two on-line exhibits. The public is updated on a regular basis about progress in congress to secure a permanent building site and about upcoming events. A study to enhance the site was done to upgrade the website platform.

other programs included on-line exhibit planning and the quarterly newsletter which brings news of special events to the membership while also informing them of progress towards building a physical structure to house the museum.

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

There is a tremendous need for a Women's History Museum so we can share the full history of our nation. We receive so many calls and requests for data from across the country and internationally. They want more online exhibits, biographies and lesson plans that have been well researched and verified.
We need a groundswell of support to get the legislation passed this year. We are not asking for money from Congress - just the authority to build our museum.
With a building in DC we will be able to share so much more and can start traveling exhibits too. It will be a great inspiration for our children. It will also encourage other countries to do the same. We need to share the full history and not just the wars and chronological timelines.
This organization has a very hard-working staff and volunteers and is on the right path. However, we really need more volunteers to garner support in their communities to get the commission legislation passed this year!


Rating: 5

I have been working with the Museum for many years and am continually impressed with their Online Exhibits and educational resources. The Museum is committed to educating the public on the important contributions women have made to our nation. I can't wait to visit the Museum once it finally gets a physical location at the National Mall in Washington, DC, but until that time, I highly recommend checking out all of the amazing Online Exhibits on NWHM's website!


Rating: 5

I have been involved with the National Women's History Museum for a number of years and find it a wonderful way to cherish and honor the memory of the amazing women who came before me. Right now the Museum is online and virtual - but their goal is to have a building on the Smithsonian Mall. Imagine how special it would be to bring a young girl to a one-of-a-kind, National Women's History Museum, where the impact of women on America's culture and society is not just a side exhibit, but fully showcased for all to see and learn from! What an inspiration it would be for generations to come.