Maloney Celebrates Women's Museum Bill Passage in Committee on House Administration

Nov 12, 2019
Press Release
Bipartisan bill with close to 300 co-sponsors is one step closer to House floor vote

WASHINGTON, DC -- Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), lead sponsor of H.R. 1980, the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act today celebrated the unanimous passage of the legislation out of the Committee on House Administration. The bill next heads to the House floor. 

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). 

“With the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum – the first comprehensive women’s history museum in the country – we can finally tell the other half of our nation’s story,” said Rep. Maloney. “But creating this museum isn’t just about understanding our past; it’s an investment in our future. In celebrating the achievements of women in history, we’re educating and inspiring the next generation to make history themselves. I’ve worked my entire career to make sure women are represented in the halls of Congress and seats of power. I’m proud that today, we’ve moved closer to the day when women are celebrated for the history they’ve made and more young women are inspired to make history.”

“Women have been making crucial contributions to our country since its founding. It is about time they receive the recognition they deserve,” said Rep. Fitzpatrick. “I am proud to join my colleagues in supporting this important legislation, and I hope to soon see the opening of the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum.”

“The contributions that women have made to this country are insurmountable. From Amelia Earhart to Rosa Parks to the four NASA mathematicians featured in the movie ‘Hidden Figures,’ recognizing the achievements of women is extremely important and long overdue,” said Congresswoman Lawrence. “This museum is a reminder to future generations of the advancements made by women to help build and sustain our society.”

“Our country should know the names of its history-making women,” said Congresswoman 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.”