Congress is Finally Breaking Ground in the Fight for a National Women’s History Museum

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) still remembers the trip to the National Mall that inspired HR 1980. “I found myself asking, ‘Where are the women?’” she told reporters at a press conference Monday.

“If we fail to recognize women, we cannot empower them,” she said. “But women’s stories have been largely excluded from history textbooks. Out of 2,500 national historic landmarks across the country—only five percent are dedicated to women’s accomplishments. Seeing role models doing things we all aspire to can change the course of someone’s life. Women and men of all ages deserve to see and be inspired by the remarkable women who helped shape this nation.”

Maloney wrote the first bill for establishing a diverse, complex women’s history museum over 20 years ago, in 1998. No such museum exists yet in the U.S., and only 5 percent of the country’s approximately 2,400 national monuments honor women.

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