From: The Honorable Carolyn B. Maloney
Sent By: lauren.shapiro@mail.house.gov
Bill: H.R. 863
Date: 7/8/2014

Cosponsor the National Woman’s History Museum Commission Act of 2013 (H.R. 863)

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to cosponsor the National Woman’s History Museum Commission Act of 2013, H.R. 863, which establishes a bipartisan Commission to study and make proposals on the building of such a museum, and report those findings to both the President and Congress. This would be at no additional cost to the taxpayer as the work of the National Women’s History Museum Commission is entirely paid for without using federal funds.

The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) has long existed without a home.  Its mission is to educate, inspire, empower and shape the future by integrating women’s distinctive history into the culture and history of the U.S.  Founded in 1996, the NWHM is a privately funded, nonpartisan, nonprofit, educational institution which researches, collects and exhibits the contributions of women to the social, cultural and political life of our nation in the context of world history.

This bill is a critical step in advancing the NWHM project to privately fund the design, construction and maintenance of a world-class museum in Washington, D.C. to honor the contributions of American women.

A vital part of achieving equal rights for women is acknowledging and commemorating the deep and lasting impacts women have made in history.  Yet despite the many empowering and enlightening contributions made by women: only one in 10 figures in today’s history textbooks is of a woman, only 8% of the statues in our national parks are of women, and only 15 of the 217 statues in our nation’s Capital Building are of women leaders. It is time we fill this void, honor our nation’s foremothers, and inspire future generations of women leaders.

It is long over-due that we honor 53% of our population and your help could make the difference.    Please co-sponsor HR 863 today.

If you have any questions, or would like to cosponsor, please have your staff contact Lauren Shapiro in Rep. Maloney’s office atlauren.shapiro@mail.house.gov or x5-7944, or Margaret Tipton in Rep. Blackburn’s office at margaret.tipton@mail.house.gov or 6-8861.

Sincerely,

CAROLYN B. MALONEY             MARSHA BLACKBURN

Member of Congress                     Member of Congress