Letter to the Editor: Support the Women’s History Museum Act

Support the Women’s History Museum Act

May 19, 2011
The Marietta Times

May is the month for Mother’s Day, an appropriate time to continue to recognize and commemorate our mothers and grandmothers. It is also the appropriate month to honor our nation’s foremothers by urging Congress to pass the National Women’s History Museum Act.

The women who helped to build this country – who tended to the families while men were away at war, who built businesses to sustain themselves and their families, and who were innovators in their field – have been left out of our national story. Only 1 in 10 figures in today’s history textbooks is a woman, few statues are in our national parks and less than a dozen of the 214 statues in our nation’s Capitol Building portray woman leaders. Yet, women have impacted every aspect of our lives whether it is education, art, medicine, journalism, politics, or technology.

The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) will change this by bringing women’s history into the mainstream. Legislation is pending in Congress (H.R. 1269 and S. 680) that would provide NWHM a home adjacent to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. And to top it off, not one dime of federal money is being requested!

I join my colleagues from across the nation through the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL), in urging Speaker John Boehner to honor the women of this country by bringing H.R. 1269 to the floor for a vote, as soon as possible.

Debbie Phillips, state representative

Ohio House District 92

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