Majority of the House Now Supports Reps. Maloney & Royce’s Bill to Build an American Women’s History Museum on the Mall
Reps. Maloney and Royce were joined today by bill co-sponsors Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Rep. Mia Love (R-UT); Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL), co-chair of the Congressional Women’s Caucus; and Rep. Brenda Lawrence, co-vice chair of the Congressional Women’s Caucus.
“Just three months after Rep. Royce and I introduced H.R. 19, the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act, a majority of the House of Representatives has now cosponsored our bill,” said Rep. Maloney. “That’s what I call momentum and I believe the enthusiasm for this effort is only growing. Now is the time to get this done, which is why Mr. Royce and I have requested that the President lend his support to our efforts. A new Smithsonian museum dedicated to women’s history will inspire young women and men for years to come and demonstrate to the world our country’s commitment to equality. How can we expect to empower women if we do not recognize them? That is a mission we can all support.”
“The National Mall in Washington D.C. is a special place because it tells our uniquely American story. But that story is incomplete without paying tribute to the countless examples of courageous women who helped build America and sacrificed to ensure that it remains the land of the free,” said Rep. Royce. “I’m proud to have joined Rep. Maloney in sponsoring the legislation that ensures future generations will always know their story.”
“Women have played a vital role in shaping our nation, many without the deserved recognition,” said Rep. Frankel. “A women's museum will enlighten and inspire visitors of all walks of life.”
“I'm proud to have led a bipartisan team of women who collectively created a workable plan for a museum designed to be the gateway for connecting and enhancing the full spectrum of American women's history and I’m proud that this plan inspired H.R.19,” said Jane Abraham, chair of the American Museum of Women's History Congressional Commission. “Now is the time for Congress to pass this legislation to establish the museum. I applaud Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Congressman Ed Royce and their 227 cosponsors for putting forward H.R. 19. This bipartisan leadership is an extension of the Commission's bipartisan work.”
HR 19 Summary
H.R. 19 is based on the work of the bipartisan American Museum of Women's History Congressional Commission, which was created in 2014 to study the need for such a museum through legislation introduced by Reps. Maloney and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-7) in the House and former Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) in the Senate. The bipartisan commission submitted its report to Congress in November 2016 with a unanimous recommendation that a comprehensive women’s history museum should be established on or near the National Mall as part of the Smithsonian Institution.
The bipartisan commission’s report found: