National Archives Celebrates Women’s History Month in March
Press Release · Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Press Release
February 17, 2010

National Archives Celebrates Women’s History Month in March

Washington, DC…The National Archives will celebrate Women’s History Month in March with special films, public programs, and records lectures. These events are free and open to the public (unless otherwise noted) and will be held at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, which is fully accessible. Visitors to these programs should enter at the Special Events Entrance at Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. See directions.

Thursday, March 11, 7 p.m., William G. McGowan Theater
Women in Leadership: Journalism

Women journalists have impacted the reporting and editing of our nation’s news. What are the challenges they have faced? And what has changed in the roles, expectations, opportunities, and obstacles for women in American journalism? A panel of journalists and news executives will discuss what it took to succeed and the future challenges for women in journalism. The panel includes Cokie Roberts, political commentator for ABC News; Gwen Ifill, moderator and managing editor of Washington Week on PBS; Diane Rehm, host of the Diane Rehm Show on NPR; and Katharine Weymouth, publisher of The Washington Post and president and CEO of Washington Post Media; and Susan Tifft, professor emerita of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University.

Saturday, March 27, noon, William G. McGowan Theater

A look at the life of legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart, who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to fly around the world. Stars Hilary Swank and Richard Gere. Rated PG. (2009, 111 minutes) Presented by The Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film at the National Archives.

Related National Archives “Know your Records” Programs

Tuesday, March 9, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Jefferson Room
“Discovering Women’s History” Workshop

Certified genealogists Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens and Marie Varrelman Melchiori lead a workshop on researching women in history based on Civil War ancestors and their records. Reservations are required, and a fee of $20 is payable by cash or check (payable to NATF) at the door. E-mail or call 202-357-5333.

Tuesday, March 16, 11 a.m., Adams Room
Film:  Motion Pictures of Women in World War II

See motion pictures from National Archives holdings related to women in World War II, including “Glamour Girls of 1943,” “Women in Defense,” and “Furlough.”

Tuesday, March 16, noon, Adams Room
Book Group discussion: Our Mother’s War: American Women at Home and at the Front during World War II

Following the related film presentation, the Book Group discusses Our Mother’s War by Emily Yellin. Please check the Archives Shop (202-357-5271) for book availability and a special discount for book group participants. The May book selection will be Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson.

To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program, please e-mail or call (202) 357-5000 at least two weeks prior to the event. To verify the date and times of the programs, see the Calendar of Events online.

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For Press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.

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