International Women's Air & Space Museum

Preserve. Educate. Inspire.

aka International Women's Air & Space Museum   |   Cleveland, OH   |  https://www.iwasm.org

Mission

The mission of the International Women's Air & Space Museum is to collect, preserve, and showcase the history and culture of women in all areas of aviation and aerospace; educate people of the world about their contributions; and inspire future generations by bringing the history to life.

Ruling year info

1976

Executive Director

Sara Fisher

Main address

1501 N. Marginal Rd. Ste 165

Cleveland, OH 44114 USA

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EIN

31-0889469

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Science & Technology Museum (A57)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Currently only six to seven percent of professional pilots are women, with general aviation showing low percentages as well. Other STEM fields show the same low percentage of women. The aviation and aerospace fields are still seen as male-dominated fields, but women have been a part of this history since the beginning. While Amelia Earhart and Sally Ride are well-known figures, the public needs to learn about so many other women’s accomplishments in the air and space heritage. These women have taken risks, given up everything, pushed boundaries, broken barriers, and in the words of Bessie Coleman, “refused to take no for an answer.” They proved they could do it. They have shown that women can not only fly airplanes, but design them, build them, and maintain them as well. Future generations of young girls need to know that they too can do it. Gender does not matter.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Dinner with a Slice of History Series

An educational speakers series offered throughout the year highlighting authors, historians, and women in space and aviation. Both past and present topics are covered.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

A free event for families to learn about space and aviation through STEM related games, crafts, activities. Local community resources are invited to participate as well.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

A family friendly event partnering with NASA's Glenn Research Center and The Great Lakes Science Center showcasing the history and science of rockets, and their relationship with space.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

An annual event for high school female students offering mentoring and resources by women in STEM career fields. The program allows students to explore these fields to gain insight into a career they didn't know existed, or is perceived to be non-traditional for women.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adolescents

Tours are offered for groups of all ages. Each tour is specifically geared towards the indivual group's age, interest, and affilitaion.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of guided tours given

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric includes children and adult tours, in person and virtual programs at the museum.

Number of paid participants of guided tours

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric includes children and adult tours, in person and virtual programs at the museum.

Total number of fields trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of programs for younger children have been on the rise, with summer being especially busy for summer campers to visit the museum.

Number of paid participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have seen an increase in tours scheduled for younger children. Especially for summer camp groups coming to visit the museum.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our volunteers are the lifeblood of the organization. We appreciate all that they do for the museum. They assist with every program we host and all of our outreach events too.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As a small staff we rely on the support of our dedicated volunteers. Without them none of what we do would be possible. They assist with every program we host as well as in the office and on location.

Number of researchers assisted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We receive calls and emails from all over the world from large organizations such as National Geographic and the BBC as well as from individual families and students. We strive to help each equally.

Number of visitors.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of visitors to museum for tours, programs, and events. Metric extrapolated from reservations and observations during open hours-only. Visitation not tracked prior to 2021.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

As the only museum of our kind in the world, we are in a unique position to not only preserve the history made by women in these fields, but to also use it to teach, inspire, and engage the next generation. We still have guests coming in who have never heard of the WASP, the Mercury 13, nor the 60-plus women who have gone into space. From the early days with Katharine Wright through current NASA astronaut Christina Koch, women have been at every step of aviation history. They have broken altitude records, sound barriers, and gender stereotypes. They have designed aircraft, safety equipment, and space exploration programs. However, they have not always been acknowledged nor even recognized along the way. The percentage of books and films about women and their contributions to aviation is far lower than that of men. They deserve to have their stories preserved so that all can know them. Bessie Coleman once said, “the air is the only place free of prejudices.” We want others to know that freedom.

By honoring these women, sharing their stories, and giving them credit for their accomplishments, we want to recognize their place in history. It is crucial to educate the current generation so that today's prejudices do not carry on into the next generation. Surprisingly, we still see young girls coming into the museum who didn’t think they could be a pilot nor astronaut because of their gender. Encouraging them to follow their dreams, and providing inspiration and ways to achieve them, is crucial to keeping the messages of Amelia Earhart, Bessie Coleman, Harriet Quimby, Eileen Collins, the WASP, and so many other women who broke barriers, alive.

By using this history as a teaching tool, we can educate the current generation and inspire future generations. We hold information or memorabilia on over 6,000 women from the aviation and aerospace fields. This includes an astronaut’s flight jacket, a homebuilt aircraft, a flight attendant’s uniform, a hot air balloonist’s portrait, trophies, and a variety of other items. We want to be able to share this information with the community through exhibits and outreach programs, as well as make it accessible to the world.

The museum hosts many different types of events, for all ages, throughout the year. We use the exhibits within the museum as part of our tours and programs for children of all ages. The exhibits are also incorporated into scavenger hunts and other interactive activities for the children. We have also created traveling exhibits, which are rented by libraries, schools, and other organizations, allowing communities around the country to benefit from our archives. Our research facility is utilized by authors, filmmakers, and many others from all over the world.

Because we have the artifacts, photos, and documents in-house, we are able to readily access them for any project, event, or research request we have. We are able to create exhibits that showcase the history of these women, develop outreach programs to share with all ages in the community, and put on events that inspire and encourage young people to follow their dreams. We have a dedicated staff, team of interns (from various colleges and universities), and volunteers that help us achieve these goals. We have also developed a volunteer coordinator position to strengthen our volunteer program.

In the last several years, we have rebranded, reorganized, and redeveloped much of the museum. We put a heavy emphasis on updating our mission and our vision, including updating our policies and programming. We have invested a lot of time in giving ourselves a bigger presence on various social platforms to keep up with growing technological trends. We are also cross-networking with local community resources to bring better awareness to what we have to offer. We have seen a drastic increase in interest in who we are and what we are doing. Currently, we are working on projects that will further develop programming for teenagers, online research tools for access to our collection, and creating more community outreach events.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    All of our public events are designed around comments from the guests and community we serve.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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International Women's Air & Space Museum

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Debra Perelman

Elizabeth Toedt

Marcy Frumker

Billie Geyer

Susan Schulhoff Lau

Jena Olsen

Pat Collier

Dave Klima

Toni Mullee

Deb Perelman

Melissa Stephenson

Teresa Andreani

Board leadership practices

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  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/29/2022,

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Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/29/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.