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National Women's History Museum

The National Women's History Museum (NWHM), is a proposed museum and an American history organization that "researches, collects and exhibits the contributions of women to the social, cultural, economic and political life of our nation in a context of world history." The NWHM was founded in 1996 by Karen Staser.[1] It currently offers an online museum, educational programs, scholarship and research with plans to establish a museum at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.[1][2][3][4][5]

National Women's History Museum
FounderKaren Staser
TypeCharitable organization
Key people
Joan Wages, President & CEO
Laura Dale Rheintgen, Director of Development
Elizabeth Maurer, Director of Program

About the FounderEdit

Karen Staser in the founder of the National Women's History Museum. She is a mother, wife and activist who has taken on civic and professional leadership roles.[1] She lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her husband, Jeff Staser.[citation needed]

History of the MuseumEdit

The National Women's History Museum was founded in 1996.[1] It currently curates online exhibitions and provides educational materials for school. NWHM has been leading the effort to build a permanent museum dedicated to displaying the collective history of American women on or near the National Mall in Washington, D.C. In December 2014, Congress voted to create a congressional commission to study the creation of a National Women's History Museum.

As of June 2017, the museum maintains a presence online through social media and a comprehensive website which hosts many online exhibits where visitors can learn about the history of American women. The website also serves as a platform to promote NWHM's mission and generate support.[6][7]

Board of directorsEdit

As of May 2017[1]

  • Susan Whiting, Chair
  • Gretchen Green, MD, MMS, Vice-Chair
  • Ann E.W. Stone, Secretary
  • Susan Danish, Treasurer
  • Joan Bradley Wages, President & CEO (Ex-officio)


  1. ^ a b c d e "About Us". National Women's History Museum. Archived from the original on 7 June 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  2. ^ Kim, Clare. "Michele Bachmann slams National Women's History Museum". MSNBC. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  3. ^ Thoet, Alison. "Congressional commission proposes women's history museum". PBS News Hour. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  4. ^ Marcotte, Amanda. "The Long, Controversial History of the National Women's History Museum, Which Still Does Not Exist". Slate. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Read the Exclusive Q&A With the Women Behind the National Women's History Museum". Makers. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  6. ^ "About NWHM". National Women's History Museum. Archived from the original on 30 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Online Exhibits". National Women's History Museum. Archived from the original on 2017-06-07.

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