THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MUSEUM ANNOUNCES A CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGN TO DESIGNATE THE VACANT ANNEX NEXT TO THE OLD POST OFFICE PAVILION AS A PERMANENT MUSEUM SITE
The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) announces efforts to raise public awareness of women’s history and urges Congress to pass The National Women’s History Museum Act.
The NWHM has launched a nationwide letter-writing campaign with the support of Coalition member organizations and unveiled a video plea at a Press Conference on March 2, 2006, by 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. During March, the video was delivered to key members of Congress.
“We are gratified that so many organizations have banded together to support giving women’s history a home,” said Susan Jollie, President and CEO of the National Women’s History Museum. “It will allow present and future generations to be educated about the contributions and achievements that women—who make up 52 percent of the population– have made to our country and the world. Women have not received the recognition they deserve.”
Be sure to send a letter to your Congressional representatives urging them to approve this important legislation. Thank you on behalf of the National Women’s History Museum.
Meryl Streep filming the 6 minute video clip for Congress