Congress Votes To Create Congressional Commission To Study Creation of National Women’s History Museum




DECEMBER 12, 2014 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) today announced Congressional approval of legislation calling for the creation of a privately funded, bipartisan congressional commission to study and produce a plan for a national women’s history museum in the nation’s capital. The bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) now heads to the White House where it awaits President Obama’s signature.

The legislation calls for the Commission to produce recommendations for the governance, organizational structure, fundraising, operations and location of a National Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C. The 8-member bipartisan commission would have 18 months to produce the report which will then be submitted to Congress for approval.

According to NWHM President & CEO, Joan Wages, “Today is a great day for all women! Senate approval of our legislation marks a giant step forward in our efforts to build a national women’s history museum in Washington, D.C. We are forever indebted to Senators Susan Collins and Barbara Mikulski and Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Marsha Blackburn for their tireless efforts in support of this important legislation. The bipartisan nature by which this legislation was introduced and passed serves as testament to women’s ability to set aside differences and come together to work for the common good. It is what women have done throughout history.”

NWHM Acting Chair and Vice Chair, Dr. Gretchen Green added, “Legislation has been introduced during each Congressional session since 1999, always passing in either the House or the Senate, but never both. The women of this nation, 51% of the population, deserve to be honored on the National Mall, the symbolic site of what our nation honors most. It is for that reason that we opted to pursue a commission as only Congress can approve what is built on the Mall. This is not unprecedented. Both the National Museum of African American Culture & History and The American Latino Museum secured their place on the Mall through the recommendations of commissions and congressional approval.”

About the National Women’s History Museum: Founded in 1996, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM, Inc.) is a nonpartisan, 501c3 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, NWHM is leading the effort to build a world-class, permanent museum on or near the National Mall that will herald and display the collective history of American women. Click here to view our PSA. For additional information visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and You Tube.

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Susan Murphy
Director, Communications
NWHM, Inc. or 703-461-1920

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