Women’s Museum Bill Sponsors Celebrate House Passage

Feb 11, 2020
Press Release
H.R. 1980, the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act Passes the House with a Vote of 374-37

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan H.R. 1980, the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act by a vote of 374-37.

The bill’s lead sponsors, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released the following statement celebrating the bill’s passage:

“For too long, women’s history has been left out of the telling of our nation’s history. Today, the House of Representatives took an important first step to change that. Women are part of every American moment, and their contributions should be recognized and celebrated.

“By creating a Smithsonian museum dedicated to telling American women’s history, we can inspire future generations to make history themselves. Representation matters. Let’s make sure that every child can see themselves in their heroes and role models. We will be working together to ensure swift Senate passage of this bill.”

Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the sponsors of the Senate companion (S. 959), said:

“American women have made invaluable contributions to our country in every field, including government, business, medicine, law, literature, sports, entertainment, the arts, and the military.  Telling the history of American women matters, and a museum recognizing these achievements and experiences is long overdue.  Our legislation would dedicate a museum to women’s history, helping to ensure that future generations understand what we owe to those extraordinary women who have helped build and advance our country.”