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!
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 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!
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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.”
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.)
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.
The museums that line the National Mall in Washington, DC symbolize what our nation honors. While art, science, and culture are well represented, half our history is missing – women’s history.
Did you know that only one in ten figures in today’s history textbooks is a woman; less than eight percent of the statues in our national parks are of women and in our Nation’s Capitol Building, only thirteen out of the 217 statues are of women leaders? The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) will educate and inspire by building a museum in Washington, DC, a city whose attractions symbolize what our nation honors. It will also provide for traveling exhibits.
For the last nine years NWHM has petitioned Congress for a permanent home on or near the National Mall, offering to build the Museum with private monies – not at taxpayer’s expense – yet our efforts continue to be blocked. Congressional approval is needed to build a Museum in DC since it is Federal land.
This is what has occurred in Congress previously:
• Passing legislation twice in the U.S. Senate but not passing it in the House of Representatives
• In another session of Congress, passing legislation in the House but not in the Senate.
• Then last year Congress attached a pet-project amendment to our bill, which prevented our bill from passing.
New legislation was introduced on February 28, 2013 to create a Commission that would identify a permanent home for women’s history. We are excited about this form of legislation because this is how the last three Museums were built in DC.