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House Resources Committee Passes National Women’s History Museum Commission Act

April 9th, 2014

Even More Great News!

We are delighted to report that The House Resources Committee passed HR 863, The National Women’s History Museum Commission Act, on unanimous consent on Wednesday, April 9. This was the second House committee to take up the bill and the second to pass the legislation unanimously. There were two technical amendments to the bill – one which removes the reference to the building site on the National Mall at Independence Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets. (This amendment does not however, prohibit the Commission from looking at that site or any other federally owned sites near the Mall.) The second amendment added “operations” (establishment and maintenance) to the list of reports that will be submitted by the Commission to Congress.

Next up is a vote on the House floor. Passage around Mother’s Day (May 11) would be a wonderful gift to all of our nation’s women. Please take a few minutes to encourage your representative to support this bill.

And our deepest gratitude to YOU for your continuing support!

HR 863 Passed by House Administration Committee on April 2

April 2nd, 2014

Great news!

NWHM is delighted to report that the House Administration Committee met to consider HR 863 this morning and all members voted in support of our bill’s passage!  Committee Chair Candice Miller (R-MI), Ranking Member Robert Brady (D-PA), and Committee Members Phil Gingrey (R-GA) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) spoke in support of creating a commission to produce a feasible plan for a privately funded national women’s history museum.

The bill passed out of the Committee without amendments. This was the first step to getting the bill passed by the House of Representatives.   Next the bill will be considered by the House Natural Resources Committee.

NWHM to Testify at Capitol Hearing on Women’s History Museum

March 24th, 2014

NWHM President & CEO Joan Wages will join Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) to testify in support of our bill, HR 863 at a hearing before the House Natural Resources’ Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee tomorrow, March 25th at 2pm EDT.

To those in the Washington, D.C. area, we would be honored to have you join us.  The hearing will be held in 1334 Longworth House Office Building hearing room. Those unable to attend can watch the hearing via the Committee website. (Click on the second video webcast for room 1334 Longworth.)

Thank you for your continuing support of our mission. Together, we WILL succeed in honoring all of the women who have shaped this great nation by providing them the home they so richly deserve.

Please let the Committee and your Representative and Senators know that you support our efforts! Send a letter today!

Let the Energy and Natural Resources know of your support via twitter: @NatResources

January is National Oatmeal Month

January 27th, 2014

By: Katherine Dvorak

Did you know that January is National Oatmeal Month? That’s right, an entire month dedicated to oatmeal. What better way to observe this honor than to celebrate the best thing about oatmeal: the oatmeal raisin cookie.

When ranking cookies, the oatmeal raisin cookie easily cracks the top three; it’s almost a perfect cookie: hearty and full of soft, sweet raisins…oatmeal raisin cookies are the best.

Our modern cookie is descended from oat cakes made by the Scots and Brits as far back as 1,000 B.C.E. Exactly when raisins were first added is unknown but records of nuts and raisins being added to oat cakes can be found in the Middle Ages. After Fannie Merritt Farmer wrote down the first actual oatmeal raisin recipe in 1896 the cookie became popular and by the early 1900’s Quaker Oats had a recipe on every container.

That recipe remains on the container’s lid to this day and for me, it’s the best recipe:

· 1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened

· 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

· 1/2 cup granulated sugar

· 2 eggs

· 1 teaspoon vanilla

· 1-1/2 cup all-purpose flour

· 1 teaspoon baking soda

· 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

· 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

· 3 cup Quaker® Oats

· 1 cup raisins

Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and raisins; mix well. Drop dough onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown.

What’s your favorite recipe? Do you prefer yellow raisins for an extra bit of sweetness? Or do you add chocolate bits for some chocolaty goodness? You can never have too many oatmeal raisin cookies so share your favorite recipe in the comments.

Meanwhile, I’m off to bake.

Game Changers: American Women in Sports

January 23rd, 2014

Please Join Us on March 4 – NWHM Lobby Day

January 16th, 2014

NWHM Featured in NY1 News Segment

January 14th, 2014

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney Talks about NWHM’s Efforts on “Melissa Harris-Perry Show”

January 14th, 2014

Click the image below to view the video.

NWHM Capitol Hearing Covered by Washington Post

December 12th, 2013

The Washington Post featured a great article about NWHM’s Capitol hearing yesterday.

National Women’s History Museum gains traction; bill would launch exploratory panel

At a House Administration Committee hearing Wednesday morning, Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) presented their bipartisan bill to launch an exploratory commission on building a National Women’s History Museum, an effort that has been ongoing for almost 20 years.

The theme of the day was “sisterhood trumps party lines,” as every speaker ran down the alternately distressing (less than 5 percent of the 2,400 National Historic Landmarks in the United States recognize the achievements of women) to empowering (women outnumber men in college enrollment) statistics as proof that women are owed Mall real estate.

The two biggest obstacles, aside from the slow grind of government, are financial and logistical: Where will the money come from, and where will the museum go?

Joan Wages, president and chief executive of the National Women’s History Museum, says she believes the museum can be funded entirely through private donations. She expected that “half the nation’s population and the other half who love their mothers” would be able to raise the $400 million to $500 million estimated cost of constructing a museum, along with a $15 million to $20 million yearly operating budget.

Wages said that, in determining location, “it comes down to, where will the most people visit it? Where will it have the greatest impact?” Which means the museum must be “on or very, very close to the national Mall.”

Committee Chairman Candice S. Miller (R-Mich.) presided over the hearing, calling the museum an “important and, I think, frankly long overdue acknowledgment of women’s accomplishments” in American history.

“Sometimes, people think we can’t work together,” Miller said. “We know, as women, that we can work together.”

NWHM President & CEO, Joan Wages, Testifies at Capitol Hearing

December 11th, 2013

If you were unable to join us on December 11, 2013 at the House Administration Committee hearing on “Establishing a Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women’s History Museum,” you can view the video footage below from the testimony or by clicking here. (Skip to the 32nd minute to begin watching the testimony.)

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