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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Astrid Schönweger
Coordinator, Italy
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

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