Director's Letter: June 2007
As you might know, the National Women's History Project will be moving to our new office on July 1, 2007. We made this decision a year ago, yet as the timeline got shorter, I began to experience a little anxiety. My anxiety was replaced with a feeling of pride and wonder, when I began sorting through the NWHP Archives and had the joyful opportunity to revisit our 27 years of Writing Women Back into History.
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We are including many of the long lost resources, we discovered as we organized our archives.
Women's History Collectibles
When we moved into our office 7 years ago, we brought a lot of our past with us. After more than a quarter a century of accumulating small and large women's history treasures, we've decided that it is time to share some of this special memorabilia with others who are passionate about women's history. Some of the items will be offered in very limited quantities. Others are readily available and will allow customers to purchase commemorative buttons from past years.
Women's Art: Women's Vision
2008 National Women's History Month Theme
The 2008 theme will celebrate and recognize the vision of women artists. Next year's honorees will be selected to represent the diverse forms of visual arts including painting, sculpture, weaving, pottery, embroidery, as well as forms from modern media art.
All Network members are invited to nominate a woman as a possible 2008 Honoree.
To nominate a woman, you will need to write an essay describing her life and work and how it expresses her vision. Please include in this essay, the woman's birth and (if deceased) death dates and your reasons for nominating her.
All nominations must be sent by July31, 2005.
Please email your nominations to email@example.com
June is Gay and Lesbian Pride Month
Gay and Lesbian Pride Month origins can be traced to civil rights abuse protests in New York City's Greenwich Village over 30 years ago. Pride Month is an opportunity to celebrate diversity as well as support civil liberties and rights for all.
Lillian Smith was one of the most daring white women of the Civil Rights Movement, she was unrelenting in her work to define and challenge American racism at its foundation. Yet, as a lesbian, much of Smith's life was kept secret and hidden.
Now, in her How Am I To Be Heard, (Buy Book...) we have the opportunity to know this best-selling author, playwright, editor, and civil right activist in her own words. Her story is told in a compilation of beautiful letters that portrays a woman of extraordinary strength and courage. Her life is a lesson in American history from the perspective of a bold, intellectual, Southern, white, woman who used her voice and talent to awaken America's conscience. 384 pages.
Read about the history of Gay and Lesbian Pride Month
June Path Breakers
By Margaret Zierdt
June birthdays include four women born in the first half century of the American Republic who made remarkable contributions to needed reforms, argued against injustices suffered by women, and created strenuous arguments against slavery. Anne Royall fought for her lawful inheritance. Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote a novel which ignited international support for the abolition of slavery. Sarah Remond faced racial prejudice and protested strongly, using the courts and lecture circuit. Anne McDowell used her magazine to support equal opportunity and pay for women. All four lived remarkably long lives.
Women In Congress
The Office of History Preservation in the Office of the Clerk of U.S. House of Representatives recently published, WOMEN IN CONGRESS, 1917-2006.
The book is the first in an official four-part series about minorities who have served in Congress. Future volumes will profile African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian-Pacific Islander Americans who have served in Congress.
The 229 women profiled range from Jeannette Rankin of Montana-the first woman elected to Congress-to Nancy Pelosi, the first female Speaker of the House.
Written as an authoritative resource, and a teaching tool, the hard copy of the book ends just before Speaker Pelosi and the newly-elected women Members of the 110th Congress were sworn in. But an online version provides an updated live resource that takes the research project into the future.
Title IX Turns XXXV!
See how schools measure up from the Women's Sports Foundation
June marks the 35th anniversary of Title IX, the legislation credited with increasing gender equity in sports. The Foundation is unveiling original research entitled "Who's Playing College Sports?" which provides a comprehensive examination of participation trends.