Supporting creative work by women
What an interesting week for women. Fortune announced its 50 Most Powerful Women with Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, ranking number one. Three women in entertainment — Bonnie Hammer (President, NBCU Cable Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions), Lauren Zalaznick (President, NBC Universal Women and Lifestyle Entertainment Networks), and Amy Pascal (co-chairman Sony Pictures Entertainment) — rank No. 45 through No. 47, respectively. To view a full list, visit here.
In other news, Meryl Streep donated $1 million dollars to build a permanent home for the National Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C. The privately-funded project must go through many legal hurdles to receive a prominent position on the National Mall, and raise at least $150 million dollars for completion. The project has many goals. Here’s information from its web site:
Women’s contributions and accomplishments for the most part have been overlooked and consequently omitted from mainstream culture. The National Women’s History Museum will help fill that void. Rather than rewriting current exhibitions at other history museums or having to decide what to omit elsewhere to “fit in” women’s history, the NWHM will serve to place women’s history along side current historical exhibitions.
Women’s history isn’t meant to rewrite history. The objective is to promote scholarship and expand our knowledge of American history.
Watch Meryl Streep speak about the importance of the NWHM here. Not all of us have $1 million dollars to give to the NWHM, but everyone can sign petitions and make smaller donations in support of the effort. The museum currently faces an uphill battle for full Congressional approval. Please let your representatives in Washington, D.C. know that the National Women’s History Museum must be built. It’s mission is absolutely vital.