WUSA9: Panel calls for American Museum of Women's History in D.C.

Nov 16, 2016
In The News

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - A Congressional panel Wednesday night said the nation's capital should be home to an American Museum of Women's History.

Nearly two years after its creation, the bipartisan American Museum of Women's History Congressional Commission delivered its final report to Congress. All eight members said the museum should be built. The report also suggested making it part of the Smithsonian Institution. 

The commission estimated the project will take 10 years to complete and cost between $150 million and $180 million.

The majority of it would be privately funded, but supporters said a significant amount of legislation needs to pass before it's built.

"We were asked to study these issues and make recommendations," said commission chair Jane Abraham. “We’ve done that, so now Congress has to do its work." 

The commission’s biggest congressional ally is likely Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat out of New York. She has pushed for the museum for over a decade and said it's "long overdue."

"They have museums for stamps, for law and order, for space. You name it, they have it, but not half the population," Maloney said. "[The museum] is very important and will speak to the world of our value of women."