President's Statement on the Introduction of H.R.19

For Immediate Release

Statement by Joan Wages, President and CEO National Women’s History Museum, On the Introduction of H.R. 19 the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act

Alexandria, Va. - “For more than 20 years the National Women’s History Museum has worked with members of Congress to designate a site to build a women’s history museum on the National Mall.  The introduction of H.R. 19, the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act, is a positive step forward.  We greatly appreciate Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s (D-NY) and Rep. Ed Royce’s (R-CA) leadership in introducing legislation that would make the Museum a reality.


“We believe our country deserves a Museum that educates, inspires, empowers and shapes the future by integrating women’s distinctive contributions into our culture and history.   We support a strong public-private partnership that ensures the Museum takes its place among the other great museums in Washington, D.C.


“We look forward to continuing to work with Reps. Maloney and Royce, the appropriate Committee Members, our 55,000 members and all of our stakeholders to move it to passage in Congress.”

About the National Women’s History Museum

Founded in 1996, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM, Inc.) is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the general public about the diverse historic contributions of women and raising awareness about the critical need for a national women’s history museum in our nation’s capital. Currently located online at, the Museum’s goal is to build a world-class, permanent museum on or near the National Mall that will herald and display the collective history of American women. A Congressional Commission has been established that is charged with producing a feasible plan, which would include the governance, fundraising, location and organizational structure of the museum. For additional information visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.