Women Making History Awards – Washington, DC
With CNN’s Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash serving as mistress of ceremonies, NWHM was pleased to honor award-winning journalist and author Cokie Roberts, and activist and founder of the 'me too.' movement Tarana Burke. Each Honoree exhibit outstanding examples of women who have made a significant contribution to their field and serve as an inspiration to all women and men, girls and boys.
“People need to see what women have done. When you leave half the population out of history, then it’s not true. It’s fake news. People need to see these stories, so we can be inspired and learn from them,” said Cokie.
“The fact is we have to be intentional and purposeful about women’s history and building this museum,” said Tarana. “If we are not intentional, it won’t happen. We need to be those people who when they see us coming, they say ‘you know she’s going to ask us about that building again.’ Yes, we are.”
Special thanks to our presenting sponsor Capital One for their support. Kaleen Love, chief of staff to the president of Retail and Direct Bank, said in her remarks, “I have so many hopes for my twin daughters. I hope they learn from the heroes of the past and see themselves in our history. Being in this room tonight reminds me there is hope.”
Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) sponsor of H.R. 19 that would establish the women’s history museum, also spoke at the event. “Events like this inspire us to work harder. We don’t want a room in a building, we want our own museum. How can you empower women if you don’t recognize them?” said Maloney.
The Museum is grateful to the many event sponsors, contributors, and attendees that helped make the event a success. If you were unable to join us, you can view the video footage of the event at www.womenshistory.org/2018-women-making-history-awards.