HR 1700 Passes In The House!

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.

“For the first time in our Nation’s history, it appears Women will finally have a front row seat on our National Mall!” said Joan Bradley Wages, President & CEO of NWHM.

“We want to especially thank Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY 14) for her leadership as our chief sponsor in initiating and guiding this bill through Congress,” Ms. Wages continued.

“There are museums for stamps and spies, for news and for poetry–but today’s action by the House means women are on our way toward a ‘museum of our own’. What women have contributed to the building of our country is a story long overdue for the telling,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).

The mission of NWHM is to gather and chronicle the amazing history, heretofore untold and/or under represented in our Nation’s Capital, of women’s role in helping build our Nation and our society. The Museum’s organizers promise all Americans will be surprised and delighted at what NWHM can and will teach them and future generations about the accomplishments and stories of women who, individually and collectively, have woven our nation’s fabric. “Prepare to be amazed…” Ms. Wages added.

One Response to “HR 1700 Passes In The House!”

  1. B.J. Murphy-Bridge says:

    I came across a letter I received from Karen Staser dated November 23,1999 thanking me for my donation and saying
    ” We hope to open the doors to the physical museum building as early as 2003.”

    I decided to check the web address on the letter and see how things had progressed. Well, it has been a long haul to put it mildly from my 1999 letter to your October 2009 announcement that
    “….it appears Women will finally have a front row seat at the National Mall ! ”

    Just goes to show that through tenacity ( and hope ) goals can be reached. My heartfelt Congratulations to all who persevered and made the dream come true !!

    Barbara on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

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