Maloney Welcomes Appointments to Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum Advisory Council
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), author of H.R. 1980, the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act, today applauded the Smithsonian’s announcement of its appointments to the American Women’s History Museum Advisory Council. A version of the Congresswoman’s legislation was included in last year’s Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (P.L. 116-260).
“After two decades of working to create a museum recognizing the contributions of women throughout our nation’s history, I’m thrilled to see the diverse, talented, and knowledgeable Advisory Council that the Smithsonian has brought together to bring the American Women’s History Museum to life,” said Congresswoman Maloney. “I am honored to have been appointed to the Council by Speaker Pelosi and am looking forward to getting to work. Together, we will support the Smithsonian’s operations to establish a museum that the American people deserve and will inspire future generations.”
In November 2016, a bipartisan Congressional Commission, created by a bill sponsored by Congresswoman Maloney, issued its final report regarding the establishment of a women’s history museum in Washington, DC. The report concluded unanimously that the American people need and deserve such a museum. Congresswoman Maloney introduced H.R. 19 in the 115th Congress and H.R. 1980 in the 116th Congress based on these recommendations.
Congresswoman Maloney introduced H.R. 1980 on March 28, 2019. The companion bill, S. 959, was introduced in the Senate by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). On February 11, 2020, H.R. 1980 passed the House by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 374 – 37. The Senate Rules and Administration Committee unanimously approved S. 959 on December 4, 2020.