The Smithsonian American’s Women’s History Museum is still in planning stages and has received a generous donation from Deloitte to support the project.
There is of course a press release:
The Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum has announced a $1 million gift from Deloitte to support the development of the new museum. The donation establishes Deloitte as a founding donor of the museum, which will recognize American women’s accomplishments, the history they have made and the communities they represent.
“America’s most defining moments included change-making women whose stories have often gone untold,” said Lisa Sasaki, interim director of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum. “Deloitte, as a founding donor, has created a pathway for the Smithsonian to tell the heroic and untold stories of women, and we thank them for their investment.”
The legislation creating the museum passed in December 2020. Deloitte’s contribution will support the initial planning of the museum’s building and help facilitate program development and digital content for the museum. It will also help to elevate American women’s stories as a part of the Smithsonian—the world’s largest research, education and research complex.
“As a longtime supporter of the Smithsonian at large and an industry leader in the advancement of women, Deloitte is proud to be a founding donor,” said Kavitha Prabhakar, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, Deloitte US. “We believe that it’s our responsibility as a business to make a broader societal impact that matters, and contributing to the development of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum helps supports our pursuit to create a more equitable society for generations to come.”
Writes Smithsonian about the museum’s goal: To create a more equitable America, the Smithsonian is researching, disseminating, and amplifying the histories of American women through its American Women’s History Initiative in preparation for the future Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum. The Smithsonian wants the role of women in American history to be well-known, accurate, acknowledged, and empowering.
There are currently 13 exhibitions from across the Smithsonian that feature the stories of American women in history, the arts, and sciences, several of which are at the National Museum of American History including Music HerStory: Women and Music of Social Change and The Only One in the Room: Women Achievers in Business and the Cost of Success.
Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum Has Announced $1 Million Gift From Deloitte [Smithsonian]