The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and Los Angeles-based Ideas Exchange Zócalo Public Square launched “What It Means to Be American,” a collaborative three-year initiative aimed at engaging leading thinkers, public figures and Americans from all walks of life to explore how the United States became the nation it is today. Wednesday night’s kick-off event featured former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA, at the Heard Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate in Phoenix. (podcast below)
The initiative will foster a national conversation through a series of free public events across the U.S. The first event, “The Women of the West,” featured native Arizonans—O’Connor and Chávez—discussing what it means to be a Western woman and what particular opportunities the region has offered women. For a very insightful run-down of the entire event, look here.