Cathy Bonner

Cathy Bonner

Whether working with the Women's Caucus at the Texas Legislature or as the former President of the Foundation for Women's Resources, Cathy Bonner's activism has always been on behalf of improving women's lives. One of Cathy's more remarkable endeavors, although there have been many, was establishing the first and only women's museum. In four short years, she and her colleagues raised over $30 million dollars, part of which includes the largest donation ever to a women's cause by SBC Communications, Inc.. Today, The Women's Museum: An Institute for the Future, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate, is fulfilling Cathy Bonner's vision of a state-of-the-art facility chronicling women's contributions, offering programs and hands-on educational programming. Why is the museum so important? Bonner replies, it is extremely important to teach future generations "so they never forget that they are standing on the shoulders of some very brave and courageous women."

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Lessons for Cathy Bonner

Networking for Nonprofits

Trustee: Cathy Bonner
Grade Level: 7-8,9-12
Subjects: Civic Education, Government
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Help students recognize the importance of networking and fundraising for businesses and non-profit organization.


Involved for Change

Trustee: Cathy Bonner, Barney Flores, or Barbara Brown
Grade: 10-12
Time: 90 minutes
Description: Students will complete a biographical sketch of a local community leader.


(Re) Presenting Women

Trustee: Cathy Bonner
Grade Level: 6-8
Time: 45 minutes
Description: Students will research a civil liberties issue in women's history and create a mock museum exhibit.


Women's Contributions

Trustee: Cathy Bonner
Grade: 7-12
Time: 45 minutes
Description: Students will use textbooks to explore how women are presented in history.


The Value of A Museum

Trustee: Cathy Bonner
Grade Level: 9-10
Subjects: Humanities, History, Civics
Time: 45 minutes
Description: Students will explore the differences and similarities between museums and other places of learning.