Sep 01, 2020 2020-09-01
As America’s national institution for promoting, interpreting, and celebrating women’s history, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) is ensuring that women and girls’ unique voices and experiences are not left out of the telling of the COVID-19 story. To this end, NWHM has launched the Women Writing History: A Coronavirus Journaling Project. The museum invites individuals from all ages, backgrounds, cultures, and socioeconomic circumstances to be a part of living history by keeping a journal in 30-, 60-, 90-, 120-day, or any longer or shorter increments, and contributing their journalistic efforts to NWHM. The journals can be written, orally recorded, video recorded, a series of photographs, or original artworks. Journal entries might provide a summary of one’s day, descriptions of the “new normal,” coping techniques, explorations of challenges or even moments of joy, or inside views of how learning and working routines have altered. The museum especially invites journaling submissions from essential and healthcare workers. The journals will be used as a living archive of women’s lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as for online and physical exhibits, articles, and stories. The museum will build and connect a community of support and strength at WomensHistory.org by sharing excerpts, images, videos, and oral recordings from women across the nation (and world!) who choose to share their experiences.