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House of Representatives Passes National Women’s History Museum Bill

May 7th, 2014

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House of Representatives Passes National Women’s History Museum Bill

MAY 7, 2014 – ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA – The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) announced today that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to form a Congressional Commission on the Potential Creation of a National Women’s History Museum in Washington, DC. The bipartisan legislation (H.R. 863) co-sponsored by Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) passed by a vote of 383 to 33 and now heads to the Senate where Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) are leading the charge.

According to NWHM President & CEO Joan Wages, “We are delighted with the results of today’s vote! Women represent 51% of our nation’s population, but account for only 1 in 10 figures represented in U.S. history textbooks and only 13 of the more than 200 statues in the Capitol. Clearly, Americans only know half of our history. A national women’s history museum will ensure the contributions American women have made to this great nation will become a part of our national narrative.” Wages added, “We are forever indebted to Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Marsha Blackburn. Their commitment, courage and tireless efforts in support of a national women’s history museum have been extraordinary, as is evidenced by today’s successful vote. Their partnership on this effort demonstrates what has been true since this nation was founded – women get things done! And, we get it done, despite our differences, by working together.”

“A National Women’s History Museum has a rightful place in our Nation’s capital,” said Representative Carolyn Maloney. “This bill will establish a Congressional Commission to help secure that place. Women gained the right to vote in 1920. I hope that a century later, in 2020, their efforts and accomplishments of women throughout our history will be chronicled in a museum that both our daughters and sons can learn from and enjoy. I am grateful for the leadership of Representative Blackburn and to the support of the many Republicans and Democrats who worked together to pass this bill.”

“This legislation takes an important step in our effort to recognize the accomplishments of women who have contributed to freedom and the promise of opportunity which we Americans cherish,” Blackburn said. “This museum is about bringing together women and remembering those visionaries who changed the course of American history. All this would be done through private donations, and not one dime of taxpayer money. It is only appropriate that during the same week we celebrate mothers around the country for their contributions to our families, that my colleagues in the House would come together in this bipartisan effort to honor our nation’s most influential women.”

The bill, H.R. 863, calls for the establishment of a Congressional Commission to prepare a report containing recommendations for establishing and maintaining a National Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C. Specifically, it would address the governance, organizational structure, fundraising, operations and location of the Museum. The 8-member bipartisan commission would have 18 months to produce the report and submit it to Congress for approval.

This bipartisan legislation passed with the support of Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. The growing list of cosponsors has increased from 25 at this time last year to 94 today. A similar bill in the Senate has been introduced by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.). It has 21 co-sponsors, including 19 of the Senate’s 20 female lawmakers.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the commission and the museum would have no significant impact on federal spending.

The bill was approved unanimously by both the House Natural Resources Committee on April 9, following a March 25 hearing, and the House Committee on Administration passed the measure on April 2, following a December 11 hearing.

About the National Women’s History Museum: Founded in 1996, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM, Inc.) is a nonpartisan, 501©3 nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the general public about the diverse historic contributions of women and raising awareness about the critical need for a national women’s history museum in our nation’s capital. Currently located online at www.nwhm.org, the Museum’s goal is to build a world-class, permanent museum on or near the National Mall that will herald and display the collective history of American women. Current legislation is underway to create a Congressional Commission that would be charged with producing a feasible plan which would include the governance, estimated cost, location and organizational structure of the museum. For additional information visit NWHM.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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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

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

December 9th, 2013

We are delighted to announce that the House Administration Committee will hold a hearing on “Establishing a Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women’s History Museum” on Wednesday, December 11 at 10:30am EST.  This is the first time that NWHM has been invited to testify.

House Bill Sponsors Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Marsha Blackburn will testify about the need for the Museum. NWHM President & CEO Joan Wages has also been invited to testify.

To those who will be (or are able to be) in the Washington, D.C. area, we would be honored to have you join us.  The hearing will be held in the House Administration Committee hearing room, which is 1310 of the Longworth House Office Building.

Of course, should you be unable to join us in person, you can follow the hearing via webcast by going to the Committee website and clicking on the link to the webcast. 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.


Rep. Carolyn Maloney Urges House Colleagues to Support NWHM’s Bill

July 24th, 2013