National Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C. Called for by New York City Council Resolution
National Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C. Called for by
New York City Council Resolution
Resolution in Support of American Museum of Women’s History Congressional Commission recommendation for a new Smithsonian Museum for American Women’s History on the National Mall
New York, NY – A National Women’s History Museum is being called for by a New York City Council Resolution introduced as we commemorate Women’s History month. The resolution introduced by Council Member Ben Kallos and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, along with Council Members Karen Koslowitz, Jimmy Van Bramer, Laurie Cumbo and Elizabeth Crowley calls on the Federal Government to create a National Women’s History Museum in Washington D.C.
In July 2014, Council Member Kallos and Cumbo introduced Resolution 354, which was adopted on September 10, 2014, calling on the United States Senate to pass and the President to sign H.R. 3979 of 2014 sponsored by Congress Members Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), which was signed by President Obama on December 19, 2014, becoming Public Law 113-291 and established the American Museum of Women’s History Congressional Commission. On November 16, 2016, the Commission presented a report to the President and Congress calling for the creation by the Smithsonian of an American Museum of Women’s History on the national mall.
The American Museum of Women’s History is proposed to be built at no cost to tax payers with up to $180 million in private funds and a foot print of up to 90,000 square feet on land provided at no cost on the national mall. Once complete, the museum would be operated by the Smithsonian with ongoing private support. If legislation is enacted in 2018, the Museum could open its doors as early as 2026.
By some estimates, women comprise only 10% of the figures represented in United States textbooks.
“Women make up more than 50% of the population, but for too long their contributions to this nation have been ignored, overlooked, unknown, or forgotten. Their achievements have been relegated to small sections of museums dedicated to the accomplishments of others, but soon that will change. At the end of 2016, the bipartisan museum commission gave its recommendation for the creation of a national museum of women’s history on the Washington mall. It is a giant step forward, but the fight is not done. That is why this legislation in the City Council is so important. This strong statement from New Yorkers will help tip the scales, and will help make this dream become a reality. I want to thank by Council Member Ben Kallos and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, along with Council Members Karen Koslowitz, Jimmy Van Bramer, Laurie Cumbo and Elizabeth Crowley, for introducing this resolution,” said Congresswoman Maloney (D-NY)
“The achievements of notable women are intrinsically linked to the legacy of the United States from its founding to present day,” said City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “From children to adults – and young women, especially – we need and deserve a space to learn and reflect on the accomplishments of female pioneers from every era and region of this country. In celebration of Women’s History Month and the contributions made by generations of groundbreaking women, I am proud to support the movement to establish a National Women’s History Museum in Washington D.C. This is an initiative that the City Council has promoted since the passing of Resolution 354 in 2014, and it is thrilling to see its construction move even closer to becoming a reality.”
“Young women must have a place they can go to see the accomplishments of incredible women throughout American history—a museum for the next generation of leaders, CEOs, and American Presidents to be inspired by. I commend Congresswoman Maloney for advancing the National Women's History museum,” said Council Member Ben Kallos.
“The role of women in the history of our great nation has been seriously understated at educational institutions. The establishment of this women's museum will in some measure correct this misconception and injustice. Young American women need to know that they have unlimited potential, not based on platitudes, but based on a rich history of achievement,” said Council Member Karen Koslowitz, Chair of the Committee on Federal and State Affairs.
“I’m proud to join in this resolution calling for a permanent Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C. to showcase the extraordinary contributions of women throughout our country’s history,” said Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer. “While women have always made profound contributions in every field, their work has too often gone unrecognized, leaving young girls to wonder if their dreams are attainable in a world where our museums and textbooks are disproportionately full of men. This museum will be a testament to our values and finally give so many incredible leaders the recognition and respect they deserve.”
“Our nation would not exist without the vital contributions of women throughout the course of American history. The representation of women in the pages of our textbooks and in the grand halls of our cultural institutions does not reflect the many sacrifices of our heroines who have exemplified great courage and strong leadership. I commend U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney for championing the creation of a National Women’s History Museum that would pay tribute to women - past and present- whose stories have gone untold. As Chair of the Committee on Women’s Issues in the New York City Council, I am proud to co-sponsor a resolution with Council Member Ben Kallos calling for a National Women’s History Museum,” said Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo, Chair of the Committee on Women’s Issues.
“Since our earliest days, American women have had to fight against injustice and discrimination – a struggle that unfortunately continues in 2017,” said Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, co-Chair of the Women’s Caucus. “The National Women’s History Museum in our nation’s capital would shine a light on the unique and integral role women have played in advancing equality throughout American history, and would inspire new generations of young women to continue our on-going fight for justice. I’m proud to be a part this bipartisan coalition and urge our members of Congress to move forward with creating a commission to establish this museum, so we can properly celebrate and recognize the courageous women who made our country what it is today.”
"Women have made enormous contributions to this country and those contributions should be recognized and saluted, among other things to inspire future generations to greater accomplishments. Congratulations to Rep. Carolyn Maloney for her tireless leadership on this issue and to Councilmembers Ben Kallos for adding the official voice of New York City to the call for the museum. I am proud to join with them," said former Congresswoman, Comptroller and District Attorney, Elizabeth Holtzman.
"The rich history of this country’s women leaders deserves recognition and a permanent seat on the Mall. The sidelining of one of the most significant movements for social justice this country has experienced must not be allowed," said Sonia Ossorio, President of the National Organization for Women, New York City.
"We are profoundly grateful to New York City for its robust support of a national women's history museum. Until women's history is integrated into the national narrative, the same attitudes regarding gender and its role in determining what someone can and can't do will continue to be reinforced year after year. New York has produced countless women whose accomplishments and contributions played an indispensable role in shaping our society and whose legacies must be preserved and celebrated. Women like founding suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, investigative journalism pioneer Nellie Bly, music legend Billie Holiday, Visiting Nurse Services founder Lillian Wald, entrepreneurs Madam C.J. Walker and Estee Lauder, political icons Eleanor Roosevelt and Shirley Chisholm; and so many more. Learning about remarkable women in history will help young girls to recognize the possibilities in their own lives. Furthermore, when young boys grow up recognizing that women played a significant role in building this nation they know their female classmates and colleagues have value and valuable opinions," said Joan Wages, President and CEO of National Women's History Museum.