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Opening April 28 at the Washington State History Museum

What do Carrie Brownstein, Nancy Pearl, and Marcie Sillman have in common? They are all from Washington. They’re all in the public eye – Brownstein co-created both the Washington-based band Sleater-Kinney and the sketch comedy television show Portlandia. Librarian Nancy Pearl is a best-selling author (the Book Lust series, George & Lizzy, and others), literary critic and the former Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Book at Seattle Public Library. Marcie Sillman is a broadcast journalist and NPR radio show host working with Seattle’s KUOW. 

One more thing they have in common is their inclusion in Agents of Change: 20 Remarkable Jewish Women of Washington State, an exhibition opening April 28 at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma.

Featuring women who have made their mark in a wide array of fields including arts, activism, athletics, education, business, diplomacy, law, politics, religion, and philanthropy, Agents of Change shows the breadth and depth of the contributions Jewish women are making every day in our state and our world.

The Washington State Jewish Historical Society (WSJHS) developed this landmark exhibition in honor of the society’s 50th anniversary in 2018. “2018 was the Year of the Woman,” said WSJHS Executive Director Lisa Kranseler, “From our mothers and grandmothers to our teachers and community leaders, we have all been powerfully influenced by strong women who have guided and changed our lives. This exhibit is a way to honor all those women by focusing on twenty exceptional representatives from our state.”

“We are honored to feature Agents of Change at the Washington State History Museum. It is a terrific example of our mission in action – that is, partnering with our communities to explore how history connects us all,” said WSHS Director Jennifer Kilmer. “These leaders have made significant contributions in Washington and beyond. We’re proud to tell their stories. We’re excited to kick-off the upcoming 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in our nation with this celebration of Jewish women making history in Washington.”

Opening Day, April 28: 

1:45 Gallery Talk - Museum visitors can learn about the inspiration behind Agents of Change in the gallery. Hear from museum directors and special guests. 

130-3:00 Member's Reception  - WSHS and WSHJS members are invited to mingle and enjoy refreshments in the History Museum’s mezzanine.

The 20 inspiring women profiled in the exhibition include:

  • Doreen Alhadeff  
  • Becky Benaroya
  • Sue Bird 
  • Bobbe Bridge
  • Carrie Brownstein
  • Patty Fleischmann 
  • Michelle Goldberg 
  • Amy Lavin 
  • Suzi LeVine 
  • Jessica Markowitz 
  • Rona Matlow
  • Mina Miller 
  • Rachel Nussbaum 
  • Nancy Pearl 
  • Michele Rosen
  • Barbara Rothstein
  • Tana Senn 
  • Marcie Sillman
  • Hilary Stern 
  • Janet Varon

Images in title collage used with permission of the Washington State Jewish Historical Society.