Give Women's History a Home Next to the National Mall
UPDATE: On September 8, the National Women’s History Museum bill in the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. The NWHM bill was attached to other legislation supported by Committee Chairman John Mica (R-FL) and re-introduced as H.R. 2844, the National Women’s History Museum and Federal Facilities Consolidation and Efficiency Act of 2011. Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) is a cosponsor of the bill.
The legislative language in the new bill revises and further clarifies the boundaries of the site that NWHM will be allowed to purchase at 12th Street and Independence Avenue, SW., adjacent to the National Mall. This change eliminates any questions as to Congressional intent and will be helpful in site negotiations with the General Services Administration (GSA), the nation’s landlord.
On April 14, S. 680 passed out of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) on a voice vote.
On March 30, Representative Carolyn Maloney and Senator Susan Collins reintroduced The National Women's History Museum Act (HR 1269 and S 680).
Members of Congress have the opportunity to recognize women's successes, build on their accomplishments and empower future generations by passing The National Women's History Museum Act, giving NWHM a permanent home.
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Last session of Congress, the bipartisan bill (H.R. 1700), was introduced by Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and would allow NWHM to purchase - at fair market value - land next to the National Mall and build the first major repository of women's accomplishments and contributions in Washington, D.C. It passed the House floor on a vote on October 14, 2009. The Senate companion bill was introduced by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) on October 29, 2009. NWHM Legislation passed out of the Senate Committee on April 21, 2010. As the bill headed to the Senate floor for approval, two senators -- Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn -- placed holds on the bill. Senate Majority leader Harry Reid agreed to attach the Museum bill to two larger pieces of legislation but neither came to the Senate floor. Senator Reid ran out of time in trying to get the Museum bill passed. Read a letter from Senate cosponsors urging Sen. DeMint to lift his hold on S. 2129.
The sale of this land involves federal property and must be approved by Congress.
The National Women's History Museum Act offers a viable opportunity for NWHM to secure a permanent physical space to house the collections that it plans to make public and further its educational services. The new location at 12th Street S.W. and Independence Avenue S.W. is across the street from several of the nation's most iconic museums, such as the National Air and Space Museum, the National American History Museum and the National Gallery of Art. It's the right place for a comprehensive museum on women's accomplishments.
- Read the bill (H.R. 1269) and (S. 680)
(Previous bill numbers: H.R. 1700; S. 2129; H.R. 6548; S. 3528)
- Read the Press Release issued by Senator Collins (4/15/2011)
- Read the Press Release issued by Representative Maloney and Senator Collins (3/25/2009)
- Read the Press Release issued by Representative Maloney and Delegate Norton on the passage of HR 1700 (10/15/2009)
- Watch the video of HR 1700 passing in the House
- Read our Press Release (8/12/2008)
- Read the Press Release issued by Senator Susan Collins on the reintroduction of S 2129 (10/30/2009)
- Get the Facts
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Media Page
- Dear Colleague sent by Representatives Jan Schakowsky and Mary Fallin
- NWHM Coalition Letter to Congress
- NWHM Coalition Letter to the Senate