Joan Wages

As president and CEO of the National Women’s History Museum, Joan Wages leads the nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the general public about the diverse historic contributions of women and raising awareness about the critical need for a national women’s history museum in our nation’s capital. In addition to overseeing the museum’s development, she has been lobbying Congress to pass legislation, which would establish a bipartisan Congressional Commission to produce a feasible plan for the Museum. Prior to joining the National Women’s History Museum, Wages served as president of Cash, Smith & Wages, a government affairs consulting firm. With proven expertise in state and federal legislation, Wages’ legislative accomplishments include passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act, as well as the smoking ban on aircraft, numerous aviation security measures, and Delaware legislation to prevent the takeover of corporations by corporate raiders.