US Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and US Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL), held a press conference on March 30, 2011, on Capitol Hill to announce the reintroduction of the National Women’s History Act. The Bill authorizes the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) to purchase, at fair market value, a site currently owned by the federal government to construct a museum dedicated to women’s history. The site is located at 12th Street and Independence Avenue, SW. The funds that are necessary to construct and operate NWHM will be raised privately, through contributions from donors, corporations and foundation supporters. The same day, US Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) reintroduced the Bill in the Senate.
Museum board members, supporters and coalition members came together for the press conference to participate in what was a dynamic and spirited show of support for the bill on Capitol Hill. The program included remarks by Museum President and CEO, Joan Wages, Rep. Maloney (D-NY), Rep. Biggert (R-IL), Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-IL), as well as Lisa Maatz (American Association of University Women), Robin Read (National Foundation for Women Legislators), Susan Scanlan (National Council of Women’s Organizations), and General Wilma Vaught (Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, Inc.).
The National Women’s History Museum is dedicated to honoring the many contributions by women that have influenced our nation and shaped the world.
You can help by calling/writing to your elected officials and informing them that you support the bill to authorize the Museum to purchase the land to build a National Women’s History Museum — we are not asking for government support, and a women’s history museum is long overdue!
You can also help us by becoming a charter member, hosting a cultivation event, and enlisting the help of your corporation to join as a corporate supporter. For more information, visit our website: http://www.nwhm.org/support-nwhm/ or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.