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Daily Skimm Weekend: Women’s History Month and Spring Getaways

On left, pin with the text "Votes for Women" from the Library of Congress. On right, headshot of Lisa Sasaki, interim director of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum.
March 4, 2023

theSkimm With Lisa Sasaki

Women’s History Month is here. To celebrate all month long, we’ll be highlighting some of the different orgs and people making waves for women’s representation. 

First up, Lisa Sasaki, interim director of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum — which, yup, is something we still don’t have. In 2023. Thankfully, one is on the horizon. Legislators have finally OK’d the creation of a free and public women’s history museum in the nation’s capital. We chatted with Sasaki about the museum’s mission, and all the work that’s going into making it happen. 

Q: What does the development of the museum mean for women — past, present, and future?

On a national level, women have been contributing to the American story since before its founding, but oftentimes they have been left out of that story. And I think we see that in the number of women represented in US monuments, for example, which is less than 10% — and that is including allegorical and mythological figures like mermaids.

We hope that with this recognition comes women and girls and boys and men realizing that women can be and do anything — that if they can see it, they can be it.

Q: How has it taken so long to get a women’s history museum on this scale?

History has been written primarily by men, and that’s something that has changed in recent decades. This museum, for example, is an effort that has been decades in the making. There have been groups of women who have been working together to make sure that this museum happens. The other part of it, which is something were discovering as we start to do research both within the Smithsonian’s collections and in archives around the country ... is oftentimes women think that their stories aren’t interesting enough, or aren’t worthy of being preserved. So, oftentimes, theyre not putting their papers into repositories or not saving objects that could be representative of their stories — and, as a result of that, they’re lost or made invisible.

Q: What happens next, and what are the remaining challenges to overcome?

One is we need to build the museum itself, and building any museum is always going to be a creative challenge … The other part is it can be very difficult to uncover all of these women’s stories within the historic record and within collections. One example of why that might be is women can be known by up to three names. And when you search, it could be under her maiden name, it could be under her married name, it could be under her husbands name.

But one of the things that we’re very excited about with this museum is that we are building during the digital age. As a result, even though we are not able to open a physical museum immediately, we are able, through our digital work, to get to everybody at any time. 

Psst, this interview has been edited for length and clarity.

What's Happening

In style...

TikTok filter has people sharing their very unfiltered opinions. Some temporary tattoos may not be so temporary — and your handwritten signature doesnt have to be either. Meanwhile, as Hollywood goes all in on Maleficent-core, some women are stepping up to the barre in more ways than one. And others are discovering a jacket with lots of pastabilities. Plus, this 1960s hairstyle is swooping back into the limelight. Speaking of vintage comebacks, expect to see a lot more colored bathroom fixtures. And food-themed decor.

In entertainment...

Ed Sheeran announced he’s adding (or, um, subtracting) a fifth album to his discography, while Miley Cyrus said ‘I can release my own demo.’ Damian Lewis is giving fans what they’ve been Axe-ing for — and returning for season 7 of “Billions.” In other TV news, the official trailer for the final season of “Succession” is out, as is a teaser for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” And in case you haven’t heard, a new audio docuseries from Serial Productions is streaming.

In wins for women...

Time magazine revealed its annual Women of the Year list — including “Abbott Elementary” creator and star Quinta Brunson and Iranian dissident Masih Alinejad. Other recent things to celebrate: Mira Nadon became the first Asian American female principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. Jessie Diggins became the first US skier to win a cross-country skiing individual world title. And Mia Brookes became the youngest snowboarding world champion. Plus, President Biden tapped Julie Su as his new labor secretary — if confirmed, she’d be the first Asian American in the Biden Cabinet. 

Weekend Escape

*Slams laptop shut until Monday.* We know the feeling. And we’ve got some tips for escape.

Don’t close your Google Flights tab just yet. While the clock is definitely ticking, there’s still time to pull off a memorable spring getaway — particularly if you have some flexibility in your planning. Here are some tips to help you spring to it:

  • Go where the deals flow. To maximize the chances of snagging some last-minute savings, focus more on a type of trip — and less on one dream destination. Want an ocean getaway? Instead of being set on San Juan, Puerto Rico or Tulum, Mexico, you might find that a domestic destination (think: Fort Lauderdale or San Diego) is more affordable. Prefer to hit the slopes? Denver or Salt Lake City might offer better deals than Zermatt, Switzerland or Whistler, British Columbia. Bonus: Staying flexible about your destination means you’ll have more to spend on the experience.

  • Time your purchases correctly. When booking a flight, it helps to take a Goldilocks approach. Meaning, not too early, not too late, but just right. In the case of domestic trips, thats about 38 days out — so nows the perfect time to purchase April flights. Also, if possible, avoid flying on weekends. Flights on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays have recently been about 12% cheaper than weekend departures.

  • You don’t have to go too far. Need to stay close to home? Try a “closecation” — or, traveling to a place that’s just a few hours from where you live. If you live in the city, that’ll probably take you somewhere more rural — from camping in a national park to hiking scenic trails and mountains. Alternatively, if you live somewhere more rural, that’ll probably take you to a big, bustling city.

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