Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Collaboration Brings New Statue to U.S. Capitol

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Collaboration Brings New Statue to U.S. Capitol

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Nevada Women's History Project

Family and consumer sciences professionals and others in Nevada contributed to their communities by collaborating on the Nevada Women's History Project. The mission of the Project is to recognize the roles and contributions of women of every race, class, and ethnicity in the state's history.

Each state may place statues of two individuals in the National Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, yet Nevada was one of three states that had recognized only one individual. The History Project decided to designate Sarah Winnemucca as Nevada's second statue. Winnemucca was an educator and a believer in the brotherhood of mankind. Her autobiography, Life Among the Paiutes: Their Wrongs and Claims, was the first book to be written by a Native American woman.

What had seemed to be a fairly straightforward, short-term project became complicated as it unfolded and more and more collaborations were necessary to meet challenges unimagined at the start. A Nevada Assemblywoman sponsored the bill designating Winnemucca to be the state's second statue. The bill passed the Assembly and was sent to the Senate Finance Committee where it languished for weeks. Project members put their advocacy skills to use, but it was not until the last day of the session that the bill was passed out of committee for a vote. It passed with administrative support assigned to the state's Department of Cultural Affairs and was signed by the Governor on May 29, 2001. …

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