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TPSMA Honorary Board Member Honored Edith P. Mayo

TPSMA Honorary Board Member Honored Edith P. Mayo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2015

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Nancy Sargeant, Media Chair 703-615-2260
media@suffragistmemorial.org


TPSMA HONORARY BOARD MEMBER EDITH P. MAYO HONORED Receives 2015 Women’s History Month Proclamation in Fairfax County, Va.

Members of TPSMA and the Fairfax Commission for Women with Edie Mayo (c) as she receives Women’s History Month Proclamation from Fairfax County Board Chair Sharon Bulova (to right of Edie)Members of TPSMA and the Fairfax Commission for Women with Edie Mayo (c) as she receives Women’s History Month Proclamation from Fairfax County Board Chair Sharon Bulova (to right of Edie)

FAIRFAX, Va. (March 12, 2015) The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association (TPSMA) is proud of Edith P. Mayo for being selected as Fairfax County, Va.’s, 2015 Proclamation Recipient for Women’s History Month. “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives,” is the theme for this month and Edie has been doing that throughout her career.

She is Curator Emeritus of Political History at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History where she worked for over 40 years as curator and historian. In that position she has designed and managed major exhibitions in political history, women’s history and voting rights. She developed the First Ladies Exhibit at the museum and has published several related books, including First Ladies: Political Role and Public Image (1995), The Smithsonian’s Book of First Ladies: Their Lives, Times, and Issues (1996), and Presidential Families (2006). Long an advocate for women’s representation in history, Edie said women need “to make noise if you want to see yourself in museums and historical sites,” and added that, “when you’re invisible people assume you’ve done nothing.” She also feels strongly that “visibility in the past equals empowerment in the future.”

Edith P. Mayo

Edith P. Mayo

Edie is a passionate supporter of TPSMA’s efforts to create a
national suffragist memorial. She serves on TPSMA’s
Honorary Board and is co-chair of TPSMA’s Interpretation
and Design Committee that is developing historical content
for the memorial’s 19 interactive stations.
We applaud Edie for devoting her career to making
women’s history accessible to the public, ensuring that
women receive balanced representation.

Edie is a passionate supporter of TPSMA’s efforts to create a
national suffragist memorial. She serves on TPSMA’s
Honorary Board and is co-chair of TPSMA’s Interpretation
and Design Committee that is developing historical content
for the memorial’s 19 interactive stations.
We applaud Edie for devoting her career to making
women’s history accessible to the public, ensuring that
women receive balanced representation.

Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association (TPSMA) is an all-volunteer 501c3 with the mission “to memorialize the suffragists whose harsh treatment at the Occoquan Workhouse in Lorton, Va., served as a turning point for the recognition of a woman’s right to vote; and to educate, inspire and empower present and future generations to remain vigilant in the quest for equal rights.” The goal is to see a memorial built and fully operational by 2020, the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. It will be located in the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority’s Occoquan Regional Park. Learn more about the memorial at www.suffragistmemorial.org and like our Facebook page.

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