Reps. Maloney, Fitzpatrick, Lee and Brooks Call for U.S. to Properly Recognize American Women’s Historical Achievements and Contributions

Jun 27, 2019
Press Release
Bill Sponsors Highlight Growing Bipartisan Support for Bill

Today, Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Susie Lee (D-NV), and Susan Brooks (R-IN) renewed calls for the creation of a national museum dedicated to honoring the contributions of women throughout American history. The members celebrated growing bipartisan support for the bill. Reps. Maloney and Fitzpatrick are lead sponsors of H.R. 1980, the Smithsonian Women's History Museum Act.

“Just three months ago, we introduced H.R. 1980, the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act. Today, we have more than 160 cosponsors and the list keeps growing by the day,” said Rep. Maloney. “There is no reason this bill should not be supported by every member of the House and Senate. This is not about politics or partisanship: women are half the population. This is about giving women – all women – their rightful place in history.”

“I was so proud to join Representatives Maloney, Lee, and Brooks this morning to advocate for a Smithsonian Women’s History Museum,” said Rep. Fitzpatrick. “Women have contributed so much to our Nation’s history and their stories need to be told.  If you see it, you can be it.  This museum will inspire millions of women across America to achieve their dreams.”

“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 and celebrate the accomplishments of half of this country’s population,” said Rep. Lee. “Every American should learn the complete story and the integral role women have played in shaping our country.”

“Women have made monumental marks in our nation’s history book and deserve to be recognized for their accomplishments in a place where people from far and wide can congregate. Establishing a Smithsonian Women’s History Museum for the collection, study and establishment of programs covering the historical contribution of women will inspire generations to come,” said Rep. Brooks. “I encourage all of my colleagues to support the bipartisan Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act to create a national museum dedicated to American women’s history so that the stories from American women who helped shape our country can be shared.”