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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Reporting on Ground-breaking Women

If you would like to make news history a part of your celebration of National Women's Month this March, the Newseum has designed a special visit where you can follow the trail of newsmaking women featured throughout the Pennsylvania Avenue museum.

Entitled Newsmaking Women in the Newseum, the self-guided tour offers stops on all 6 floors of the facility. Here is the itinerary:

  • Concourse Level: see record-breaking female athletes including tennis champion Venus Williams in the film "Press Box: The History of Sports Reporting.
  • Level 1: First, watch 19th-century investigative reporter Nellie Bly go undercover in an insane asylum in the film "I-Witness: a 4-D Time-Travel Adventure." Then, visit the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery to view photographs.by The Washington Post's Carol Guzy, the 1st journalist to win 4 Pulitzer Prizes.
  • Level 3: At the Internet, TV, and Radio Gallery discover how women have broken barriers in broadcast and digital news and see original artifacts from NPR's Susan Stamberg and TV reporter Pauline Frederick. Then, pay tribute at the World News Gallery and Journalists to female journalists who sacrificed their lives in pursuit of news.
  • Level 4: Learn how the First Amendment helped women win the right vote in 1920 by checking out the First Amendment Gallery.
  • Level 5: Explore the lives of pioneering female journalists like Nellie Bly, Ida B. Wells, Margaret Bourke-White, Helen Thomas, and Barbara Walters through stories and artifacts in the News History Gallery. Also peruse historic front pages including the 1868 women's suffrage newspaper The Revolution and a 1920 San Francisco Call and Post heralding the 19th Amendment, which gave U.S women the right to vote.
  • Level 6: see a view of Inez Milholland leading 5,000 women down Pennsylvania Avenue on a march for voting rights in 1913.
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If you visit the Newseum before March 15, you can also check out a special outdoor exhibit on the issue of gaining the right for women to vote. There, the dramatic, behind-the-scenes story of the 1913 suffrage parade is being told in Marching  For Women's Rights, which features historic newspaper front pages and graphics. The exhibit is located in front of the Newseum

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