Archive for October, 2009

10/30/2009: Senator Collins Introduces Bill to Create National Women’s History Museum

October 30th, 2009

Washington, D.C. –Yesterday, U.S. Senator Susan Collins introduced legislation to create a National Women’s History museum on a site near the National Mall in Washington, D.C. that is currently owned by the General Services Administration (GSA). The National Women’s History Museum Act of 2009 was introduced with the support of a bipartisan group of 19 other senators. It directs the GSA to enter into a long-term occupancy agreement with the National Women’s History Museum, Inc. (NWHM), a nonprofit organization, to develop the site at 12th Street and Independence Avenue, SW.

It is estimated that such a museum would draw more than 1.5 million visitors to the nation’s capital each year.

“Such a museum would also showcase the many important social, economic, cultural, and political contributions that women have made to our country. And all this could be done at virtually no cost to taxpayers,” said Senator Collins.

Under Senator Collins’ bill, NWHM would pay fair market value to occupy the site, and would be responsible for construction.

“This is a great use for an empty lot on our National Mall, and it makes good fiscal sense,” said Senator Collins.

10/15/2009: Bill to create National Women’s History Museum passes House

October 15th, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC –Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today hailed House passage of their bill, H.R. 1700, to establish a National Women’s  History Museum near the National Mall in Washington.

“From Louisa May Alcott to Kristi Yamaguchi, the story of what women have contributed to the American way of life is a story long overdue for the telling,” Rep. Maloney said. “House passage today is a recognition of that story. Thanks to the leadership of Speaker Pelosi—a trailblazer herself—and Chairman Oberstar and subcommittee Chair Norton, American women are one step closer to a long-overdue ‘museum of our own’.”

“Thank goodness women understand that good things are worth fighting for. As Chair of the subcommittee considering this bill, I had to maneuver through the technicalities that always come with federal land transfer. I am grateful that the perseverance of the women who conceived the idea of this museum was the wind at my back,” said Rep. Norton.

“Today the House has sent a powerful message to young women all across this country,” said Rep. Capito. “With the National Women’s History Museum on the National Mall, Americans of all walks of life will have the opportunity to honor and remember the contributions women have made to our great nation. I’m honored to be a co-sponsor of this important resolution and I applaud the joint effort of my colleagues in making this bill a reality.”

“After many years of working toward this goal, passage of the House bill is a remarkable achievement for the National Women’s History Museum!” said Joan Wages, President and CEO of the National Women’s History Museum. “We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Rep. Maloney for championing our efforts to ensure that women are honored in our nation’s capital.”

The bill directs the General Services Administration to sell property, located across from the National Mall at 12th and Independence, to the museum at a fair market rate. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) is expected to introduce the Senate companion to H.R. 1700.

HR 1700 Passes In The House!

October 14th, 2009

Washington, D.C. – The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) is pleased to announce that today the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 1700, also known as The National Women’s History Museum Act of 2009.

This legislation is the first critical step, to be followed by action in the U.S. Senate, that will allow NWHM to purchase federal land at 12th and Independence upon which to build a World Class National Women’s History Museum. Read the rest of this entry »