NFWL Resolution

National Foundation for Women Legislators Education & Training Policy Committee Resolution

(Ratified March 2006)

Title: Recognizing the importance of establishing a National Women’s History Museum in Washington, DC

WHEREAS, in 1987 Congress declared March to serve as “Women’s History Month” to acknowledge the important role women have played in shaping America;

WHEREAS, although women constitute a majority of the nation’s population their achievements and contributions are underrepresented in museums and memorials;

WHEREAS, in 1999 The President’s Commission on the Celebration of Women in American History called for a women’s history museum to be established on “The National Mall” in Washington, DC;

WHEREAS, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM), founded in 1996, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, educational institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the diverse historic contributions of women, and integrating the heritage of women fully into this nation’s history;

WHEREAS, the NWHM has identified a site for the museum near the National Mall – the Pavilion Annex of the Old Post Office Building located on Pennsylvania Avenue, in close proximity to the White House and U.S. Capitol Building;

WHEREAS, the Pavilion Annex has been vacant since 1992 and the NWHM has raised the funds needed from private donors to sign a 99 year lease for this building and open a museum;

WHEREAS, the United States Senate voted unanimously in favor of S. 501, The National Women’s History Museum Act of 2005, a bill that directs the General Services Administration to enter into a long-term lease with the NWHM for federal property that has been vacant since 1992;

WHEREAS, the NWHM will showcase the full history of women in the United States and the contributions they have made and continue to make in the marketplace, arts and sciences, government, entertainment, education, home, and community;

WHEREAS, the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) is an official member of the Coalition to support the efforts of the NWHM to establish a permanent residence on the National Mall, the most prominent location for museums to be situated in the nation’s capital, and NFWL has been specifically charged with the responsibility of asking the U.S House of Representatives to support these efforts;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that NFWL’s National Policy Committee on Education asks the esteemed Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to support the NWHM’s efforts to secure the Pavilion Annex with a lease through the General Services Administration to open a museum that will highlight the important role women have played in shaping this great nation.

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