The women who shaped this country deserve to be remembered
As we get ready for a budget battle with the White House revealing its proposal for 2018 tomorrow and as we keep up the fight against the House Republicans’ disastrous Trumpcare bill, the fight for a women’s museum on the National Mall also continues.
I wanted to share with you an article in the June 2017 edition of ELLE Magazine that reports on my years long effort to establish a museum dedicated to women’s contributions throughout U.S. history. You can read the ELLE piece on the magazine’s website here.
At the end of March, I introduced the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act to create this long-awaited museum. Numbered H.R. 19 in honor of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote, this bill is based on the work of the bipartisan American Museum of Women's History Congressional Commission, which was created by a bill I authored and was tasked with making recommendations to Congress about a women’s history museum.
As the Commission found, “America needs and deserves a physical national museum dedicated to showcasing the historical experiences and impact of women in this country.” While there are different museums across the country celebrating specific women’s achievements, there is no comprehensive museum devoted to women’s history.
H.R. 19 is a bipartisan bill. My Republican partner on this bill is Rep. Ed Royce of California and the bill has more than 140 bipartisan cosponsors. Last week, Rep. Royce and I attended the National Women’s History Museum Annual Women Making History Awards to talk about our bill and how we will move this effort forward.
Our work is far from done. But as the article in ELLE makes clear, I am in this for the long haul and I will continue doing everything I can to make this museum a reality. The women who shaped this country deserve to be remembered and the young men and women of this country deserve to hear their stories and be inspired.
Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress