Maloney Announces the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act Passes 290-Cosponsor Threshold

Sep 12, 2019
Press Release
Formally requests that H.R. 1980 be placed on consensus calendar

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), lead sponsor of H.R. 1980, the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act today announced that she has formally requested that the bill be placed on the consensus calendar. The legislation currently has 292 cosponsors.

Rep. Maloney introduced the bill on March 28, 2019 with Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). The legislation was formally endorsed by the Problem Solvers Caucus on July 25, 2019.

“For me, it is hard to see how anyone could oppose legislation that will inspire the next generation of American leaders by telling the stories of American women who have shaped our nation. That’s why I am proud that my bill to create a women’s history museum on the National Mall now has the support of more than 290 bipartisan cosponsors,” said Rep. Maloney. “It took nearly 20 years to pass a bill just to create a Congressional Commission to study whether a museum should be built – but I refuse to let it take that long for us to commit to building it. There is no reason this bill should not be supported by every member of the House and Senate. Women are half the population. This is not about politics or partisanship. This is about giving women – all women – their rightful place in history. I am grateful to all of my colleagues who have helped gain so much support for this bill.”

Rep. Fitzpatrick and Rep. Susie Lee (D-NV) led the effort in the Problem Solvers Caucus to rally support for H.R. 1980.

“When the Problem Solvers Caucus makes commitments, we get results,” said Rep. Fitzpatrick. “Women have contributed to our rich American history in countless ways, and it is imperative they receive proper tribute. A Smithsonian Women’s History Museum would honor the female heroes who paved the way for a more equitable America and inspire girls across America to follow their dreams. I look forward to this legislation passing the House on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis.”

“I entered office as part of the largest class of women to ever be elected to Congress, and there’s no better time than during this Congress to pass the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act.,” said Rep. Lee. “Until now, women’s role in our country has not been told in one contiguous museum. I’m so glad that Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick and I could team up with the champion of this bill, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, and lead the bipartisan effort to get the support of over 290 cosponsors and qualify this historic bill for the consensus calendar, a new House rule that the Problem Solvers Caucus championed as part of its ‘Break the Gridlock’ initiative. Because of our commitment to bipartisan problem-solving, we are one step closer to ensuring that every American can learn the complete story and the integral role women have played in shaping our country.” 

“As Co-Chair of the bipartisan Women’s Congressional Caucus and a member of the executive branch of the Congressional Black Caucus, I am especially excited about supporting a museum that would educate the public on the diversity of unsung ‘Sheros’ and women contributors in America,” said Rep. Lawrence. “This bipartisan effort sends a strong message that women deserve a museum to show the world our enormous role in making America the great nation it is today. The truth must be told, and everyone should know the tales, trials and triumphs of women in American history. Congresswoman Maloney has shown great leadership on this effort, and I look forward to seeing this amazing project break ground.”

“Our country should know the names of its history-making women,” said Rep. Norton. “Women have helped the United States since our founding, despite not being recognized for our many accomplishments.  I want to thank Congresswoman Maloney for her leadership on this bill to place a museum honoring women in the nation’s capital.  On the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, we remember that women were arrested and jailed simply for demanding the right to vote.  The Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act will memorialize these and many other women who deserve to be recognized in American history.”

"Throughout her career, Congresswoman Maloney has been an ardent champion of women and a dogged fighter for a national women’s museum. I'm proud to cosponsor her legislation and of the work the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus did in helping get it to the floor," said Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus. "It is high time that we voted to recognize the work of women, and ensure they are promoted, exhibited, and celebrated within one of our country's most important cultural institutions, right on the National Mall."

“Being raised by a single mother, I understand and care about the power women have had and continue to hold on shaping our nation,” said Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), co-chair of the Problems Solvers Caucus. “This is a great achievement for the future for the Women’s History Museum and for the bipartisan changes to House rules, championed by the Problem Solvers Caucus, which is already having an impact on making Congress work for the American people. Thank you to Congresswoman Maloney for her leadership on this issue.”

“Preserving and sharing the significant impacts American women have made in our nation’s history is critically important,” said Rep. Susan W. Brooks (R-IN). “Women deserve to be celebrated and recognized, like brave Harriet Tubman who led countless slaves through the Underground Railroad or iconic trailblazers who broke glass ceilings, such as Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin from Montana who was elected as the first woman in the House of Representatives before women even had the right to vote. Establishing a Smithsonian Women’s History Museum for the collection, study and establishment of programs covering the historical contribution of women would honor the significant impact women have made and continue to make in our country while inspiring generations to come.”

 

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