Rep. Maloney and Teressa Shook Stand Together at Fearless Girl to Call for Action to Advance Women's Rights and Equality
New York, New York — Nearly one hundred years after women picketed the White House demanding the right to vote, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today joined Teressa Shook, whose Facebook post launched the Million Women March, Joan Wages, the president and CEO of the National Women’s History Museum and other leading advocates for women's rights to call for new actions to advance equality for women. The leaders called on Congress to pass H.R. 19, a bill authored by Rep. Maloney to create a new Smithsonian museum dedicated to women's history, and to pass Rep. Maloney's Gender Diversity in Corporate Leadership Act, to help increase the number of women on corporate boards. They also called on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to grant permanent status to the inspiring statue of the Fearless Girl, now installed on a temporary basis.
"Women's rights are under assault in Washington, DC and across the country, threatening the progress we have made over the last century," said Rep. Maloney. "I'm thrilled to join with Teressa Shook, whose Facebook post launched the historic women's marches, at the Fearless Girl statue that launched a sensation, to call for new actions to increase women's representation in corporate board rooms and full recognition of women's contributions to our country in a new Smithsonian museum dedicated to women's history. Fearless women can achieve amazing things when they work together and I am committed to doing everything I can to advance women's rights until we can truly say that equal means equal."
Teressa Shook spoke about how after the November election, she posted a call on Facebook for a women’s march for equal rights. She went to bed with 60 people signed up to march and awoke the next day to find that 20,000 had joined the effort. Her effort eventually grew into the largest peaceful demonstration in our nation’s history, with an estimated 2.5 million participants in cities across the country and around the world.
Joan Wages praised Maloney for introducing a bill to create a Women’s Museum on or near the national mall, and explained to the gathered crowd that a full and honest narrative of our country should include the stories of the contributions of remarkable women.
Maloney’s Gender Diversity in Corporate Leadership Act would require that publicly-traded companies disclose the gender of board directors and nominees in their annual filings with the SEC, just like they currently disclose the name, age, and qualifications of these individuals.
H.R. 19 is a bipartisan to establish a new Smithsonian museum dedicated to women's history that is prominently located on the National Mall. The bill number was reserved by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi as a symbol of one of the most important moments in women’s history – the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1919 granting women the right to vote. The bill is based on the bipartisan American Museum of Women's History Congressional Commission’s report which found:
- The future Museum of Women’s History should be part of the Smithsonian;
- The exhibits and collections should be inclusive and represent a diverse array of viewpoints and perspectives of women who have helped shape America;
- The museum deserves a prominent location on or very close to the National Mall;
- Private sector money should finance the construction of a world-class museum.