This post is about a greet-and-meet, let’s-get-together, casual “friend-raising” (not fund raising) event the MWC is hosting for the NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MUSEUM on Wednesday, June 17th in midtown from 5:30-7:30pm. You are encouraged to invite others and bring guests – please do so! – but all attendees must RSVP (CLICK HERE or at the bottom of this post) so we know how many are coming ! This is a great opportunity to not only learn about the Museum, but also to meet a great bunch of like-minded women! There is no cost to attend this event … but there will be a cash bar or some arrangement to cover drinks.
YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THIS ! Beginning in 1996 an intrepid and dedicated group of women fixed on the idea of creating a NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MUSEUM in Washington, DC. Since that time they have conceptualized it, raised funds for it and created an online “museum.” But the goal was always to create an actual, physical Museum – hopefully on the Mall (or nearby) with all of the other important Museums in DC. And last December, an important step brought that closer to reality – Congressional approval of legislation for a privately funded, bipartisan commission to study and produce a plan for the creation of the Museum. It is expected that the Commission will have its first meeting next month.
In this crazy, polarized, politicized world it’s no small feat that the Museum is supported by every woman – Democrat and Republican – in the House of Representatives and the Senate (and no small number of men, as well). The legislation to create the Congressional Committee had bi-partisan sponsorship by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Sen. Barbara Mikulsku (D-MD) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).
But the basic question here is: What’s the point of creating a national museum dedicated to the history of women? And the obvious answer is: To begin to address and balance the lack of awareness and knowledge that most people have when it comes to women’s contributions and accomplishments in the history of our country. Women now, and always, have made up roughly half of the US population yet, because of historic social norms, they have been largely invisible. -No matter what they accomplished. This isn’t just a feel-good exercise: if one’s history is unrecognized and unacknowledged there is little precedent or pattern for determining and shaping a future. If we are the sum of our history and there’s no history to speak of … then, uh oh, just what are we the sum of? Women’s history provides girls and young women with models and achievements to which they can aspire. Women’s history gives boys and young men a greater understanding of what women have been and can be – and what they can be in relationship to them. This isn’t an exercise to “create” or rewrite history, after all women’s history goes as far back as women have existed. The point is to unearth and incorporate the many roles and achievements of women to work towards a truer, more complex and fully developed history of our country.
Because this is so important, the MWC is hosting an informational “friend-raising” (not fund raising) event on Wednesday, June 17th from 5:30-7:30pm. Representatives of the National Women’s History Museum (including its president, Joan Wages – seen above at left)) will fill us in on where the effort is right now, what has been done so far, a rough timeline of what is still needed to be accomplished and, of course, how this effort can be supported. In addition, all attendees are encouraged to tell a bit about their individual history by bringing a picture and/or story about a woman who had a big impact on your life which can be added to the social media campaign (primarily Instagram, Twitter and YouTube) started by Rep. Carolyn Mahoney about a year ago using the hashtag #BecauseOfHer . So, please come – and prepare yourself to have a great time meeting like-minded women who, like you, understand that we’re all part of the big picture.
You are encouraged to invite others and bring guests: your mother, grandmother, friend, colleague, daughter, niece or neighbor. However, everyone attending must RSVP so we know how many people are coming. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO RSVP.