New Women’s Museum Chief Paints Bold Future: The National Museum of Women in the Arts has named a new director,
Susan Fisher Sterling, 52, to lead the country’s only museum dedicated
to female artists. Sterling, who has previously held the position of
chief curator and deputy director, has been with the museum for almost
20 years, nearly as long as the museum has existed.

“We are very proud of our permanent collection. We are this jewel
box of a building with great work in it. I want us to blow our horn
louder,” she told the Washington Post.

Painting of Bluestocking Member Found: According to the BBC,
curators at Britain’s National Portrait Gallery have rediscovered a
painting of Elizabeth Carter, an 18th-century female scholar who was a
member of the Bluestocking
women’s group — intellectuals who promoted education and the
advancement of women. The painting shows Carter, who lived from 1717 to
1806, as Minerva, the goddess of wisdom and warfare.

The painting will join the National Portrait Gallery exhibit “Brilliant Women: 18th-Century Bluestockings,” which runs through June 18.

Plus: The Hartford Courant covers a new exhibit at Central Connecticut State University’s Art Galleries featuring works by Judy Chicago and eight other feminist artists. “Female Forms and Facts: Artwork by Women From 1975 to the Present” opens Thursday and runs through April 18.

Women Push for Larger Role in Global Problem Solving: “Of nearly 200 nations worldwide, just 14 are run by women presidents or prime ministers. Only nine of 189 ambassadors to the United Nations are women. And by most accounts, women hold less than 1 percent of corporate management positions worldwide,” writes Chicago Tribune foreign correspondent Laurie Goering.

“That may have more than a little to do with why so many people in the world remain poor, hungry, ill, uneducated and at war, argued women leaders from around the world at a conference, which ended Monday, aimed at finding ways to get women more involved in solving international conflicts.”

The Global Peace Initiative of Women organized the conference of 450 participants from 45 countries in Jaipur, India.

If Women Ruled the World …: “It would bring a whole new series of experiences and strengths and skills and ways of looking at the world about all aspects of life — whether it’s politics or business or health or academia or law — that would focus on a broader range of problems and focus on a broader range of solutions and new and creative ways to address and approach old problems in ways that meet the needs of people who’ve been ignored,” says former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers in this interview with the Chicago Women’s Foundation.

Myers is author of the new book, “Why Women Should Rule the World” — a blend of memoir, social history and call to action.


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