Joan Wages: Herstory 5

BettyJean Downing

Joan Bradley Wages

Joan Wages is the President and CEO and guiding light of the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) in the nation’s capital, Washington, DC.

Did you know after the monument of suffragists Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony was dedicated in the Capitol Rotunda in 1921, and then the very next day “the all male Congress moved it downstairs into a storage closet? As a founding board member of NWHM, Joan Wages worked to raise the money and pass legislation to move the Suffrage Statue depicting founders of the U.S. suffrage movement from the U.S. Capitol Crypt upstairs into the Rotunda where it now stands. For over a decade, she has worked to identify a building site for the Museum and to lobby Congress for a permanent home. She was elected president in July 2007. Lifetime Television honored her in its Remarkable Woman series with a public service announcement highlighting her efforts on the Museum.

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