House votes to establish Smithsonian women's history museum on the National Mall

"Women have been left out of the telling of the nation's history," Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., one of the bill's sponsors, said on the House floor.

"This is about giving women, all women our rightful place in history," said Maloney, who noted the lack of national landmarks or textbook entries dedicated to women.

The measure, which has the bipartisan support of 293 co-sponsors, would establish a women's history museum within the Smithsonian Institution and make steps toward the construction of a facility. It would create a council that would make recommendations to the Smithsonian Board of Regents for the design, planning and construction of the museum, as well as for the location of the building on or near the Mall.

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