Maloney statement on committee passage of National Women’s History Museum bill
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), lead sponsor of the bipartisan HR 1269, the National Women’s History Museum Act of 2011, issued the following statement upon its passage out of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure:
“I’m grateful to Chairman Mica for his steadfast leadership and commitment to making the National Women’s History Museum a reality. For far too long, there has been an injustice in the museums and monuments we have in Washington and across the nation.
“Of the 210 statues in the Capitol building, only nine are of women; of the 2400 national historic landmarks in the country, only five percent document women’s accomplishments. We have museums dedicated to airplanes and buildings and postage stamps—but no single location to celebrate over half our country’s population, and explain to our sons and daughters the roles that women play in the life of our nation.
“This museum will help ensure that future generations understand what we owe to the many generations of American women that helped build, sustain, and advance our society. It is a great use for an empty lot on our National Mall, and it makes good fiscal sense.”
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Rep. Maloney is the lead sponsor of HR 1269, the National Women’s History Museum which was included in HR 2844, the National Women’s History Museum and Federal Facilities Consolidation and Efficiency Act of 2011, which was reported out of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on Thursday, September 8, 2011.
More info on the NWHM is available by clicking here.