Women’s History at Home

As we complete another week of sheltering in place, it is likely that many of our sisters are looking for some new information to explore that’s unrelated to the pandemic. Whether you are at home by yourself or find yourself surrounded by your family, the National Women’s History Museum has a variety of resources to available to you to help pass the time and simultaneously celebrate women’s history! 

Now more than ever, Phi Mu is proud to be the only National Panhellenic Conference sorority to have a strategic alliance with the National Women’s History Museum. To date, over 200 Phi Mus have joined the Museum as charter members.

NWHM@Home

Are you responsible for managing the e-learning of a dependent or know someone who is? The Museum recently launched NWHM@Home, which provides free daily virtual programming based on weekly themes pertaining to notable women and designed specifically for learning and educating from home. Past themes include perseverance, breaking barriers, resourcefulness and equality. Programs include:

Each Monday and Friday, NWHM shares electronic field trips and other special, live presentations.

Weekly biographical videos featuring notable women from history, complementing the NWHM@Home theme of the week and concluding with a downloadable art or science activity from the Museum’s website to extend the learning experience.

A complement to #KnowHerName, these short, weekly video lessons tell the story behind that notable woman’s name. Each episode concludes with downloadable conversation starters.

Join the NWHM Education Team for a virtual story time on the Museum’s YouTube channel based on the week’s theme. Each story includes a downloadable guide for parents that highlights key words and conversation starters for young learners.

Women’s History Minute

Brief episodes of moments and people central to women’s history.

More information can be found at https://www.womenshistory.org/nwhmathome. Let us know if you are using these resources! We’d love to see your pictures and hear about your experiences so email at marketing@phimu.org.

Women Writing History

In addition, the National Women’s History Museum is looking for women to share their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. The NWHM has launched the Women Writing History: A Coronavirus Journaling Project, in collaboration with the New York Times Company. The Museum is asking women and girls to participate in the simple act of recording their daily thoughts and personal experiences during this pandemic in order to document its impact on women’s lives. The NWHM is especially interested in submissions from essential and healthcare workers. These journals will be used as a living archive of women’s lives during the COVID-19 pandemic and will hold a special place in future exhibits, including the future physical site of the National Women’s History Museum.

All interested individuals can be part of living history by keeping a journal in 30-, 60-, 90-, 120-day or longer or shorter increments and contributing them to the Museum. Journals can be written, orally recorded, video recorded, a series of photographs or original artwork. For more information and to sign up to participate, visit https://www.womenshistory.org/journal-project.

If you are interested in joining the National Women’s History Museum, please visit https://www.womenshistory.org/donate and be sure to click the box indicating you are a Phi Mu.