NEW GSA CHIEF VOICES SUPPORT FOR
NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MUSEUM IN WASHINGTON
Lurita Doan, the newly named Administrator of the General Services Administration, said May 22nd, 2006, at her confirmation hearing with the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, that it would be a “privilege” to work with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) in support of the development of the Old Post Office Annex on Pennsylvania Avenue for the establishment of the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM.)
During Ms. Doan’s confirmation hearing, Sen. Collins requested that Doan investigate the “glacial” pace of the “long over due development” of the vacant site saying “I want to encourage you to take a look at this issue. It has been pending for years.” She added “..the Annex continues to be vacant and I really think there’s a good solution here and its one that the full Senate has endorsed.” Ms. Doan, the first female head of the GSA, noted the “incredible role they (women) have played in the past in our country” and commented that she would “love to have my girls (daughters) come to the opening of the Museum.”
Susan Jollie, President of the NWHM said “I am grateful for the leadership of Senator Collins and I’m greatly encouraged that the new head of the General Services Administration clearly understands the importance of honoring American women. We are confident that Administrator Lurita Doan will quickly conclude that turning vacant federal property into the National Women’s History Museum is in the best interests of the American people.”
In March, the NWHM launched a nationwide letter-writing campaign and released a video plea by Academy Award winning actress Meryl Streep calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to approve legislation that has already passed the Senate by unanimous consent. S.501 allows the Museum to locate its permanent home at the Old Post Office Annex on Pennsylvania Avenue—a vacant building next door to the Old Post Office. The Annex is a failed commercial venture that reverted to federal ownership and has been vacant for twelve years.
Read the transcript of the question regarding NWHM during the Senate Confirmation Hearing.