The History of IAWM

Women’s museums have evolved independently of each other, and often knew nothing about each other. It was a deliberate decision not to contend for a place in traditional museums. Museum operators were much more interested in creating their own niche in which full and exclusive attention could be dedicated to women’s culture, history, and/or art of the past and present.

Women’s museums are important for women’s education, empowerment and self-confidence. They provide awareness training, possibilities for independent actions and tools to overcome discrimination. A common discussion on women and museums has arisen in the last decade, with the establishment of the network womeninmuseum.

Today the IAWM is a strong network with over 60 member-museums worldwide that are pursuing their collective goals. An international congress is traditionally held every four years on a different continent where museums meet for exchange and support. The last conference took place in Mexico City in 2016 and the next conference is taking place in Hittisau, Austria 2021.

 

Board

IAWM is led by a Board representing our member regions. Our current board members are listed below.

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Mona Holm
President, Norway
Lydie Olga Ntap
Board Member and Vice President, Canada
Catherine M. King
Board Member, USA
Claudia Mandel Katz
Board Member, Costa Rica
Gaby Franger
Board Member, Germany
Ki Kye-Hyeong
Board Member, Korea
Sigrid Prader
Co-opted Board Member, Italy
Elsa Ballauri
Board member, Albania

Latest News

News from Women’s Museum Mexico

The FEMU held its monthly assembly virtually in April. Dr. Gloria Ramírez referred to what happened on the 65th anniversary of the CSW and highlighted that it was the first time that FEMU participated as a consultative body of ECOSOC. Lucía Guzmán presented the FEMU...

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Frauenmuseum Hittisau nominated for EMYA 2021

Frauenmuseum Hittisau (Women's Museum Hittisau) proudly announces its nomination for the European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA). Its aim is to recognize excellence in the European museum scene. This year's ceremony will take place as a public, online event with all...

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News from the Women’s Museum Mexico

On March 8, the Mexican Women’s Museum celebrated its 10th anniversary with the presentation of the actions and goals achieved in this first decade, by its founder and director, Dr. Patricia Galeana. That same day, Dr. Patricia Galeana, founder and director of the...

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We welcome our new member: Women’s TraCEs

In 2021, Museum of Recent History Celje in Slovenia launched the project Women's TraCEs, in which we explore the stories of women from Celje in the 20th century, the role of women in modern society and various topics related to women. With different approaches, we...

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