Sending Office: Honorable Carolyn B. Maloney
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Request for Cosponsor(s)

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to be a cosponsor of H.R. 19, the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act. This bipartisan legislation would establish a Smithsonian museum dedicated to women’s history on the National Mall.

On November 16, 2016, the Congressional Commission on the American Museum of Women’s History released its report to Congress with recommendations to establish a women’s history museum in our nation’s capital. We agree with the Commission’s unanimous conclusion that the United States needs and deserves a women’s history museum and that is why we are proud to introduce this bill. It calls for the Smithsonian Board of Regents to designate a site for the museum within six months of enactment, and the cost of construction would be raised privately.

There is no comprehensive museum in the U.S. documenting women’s history. Without it, women’s contributions to the nation’s history are too often forgotten and could be lost. The stories of women in this country are integral to our collective history. Men and women, young and old – all deserve to learn the complete story of our nation through exhibits and collections representing a diverse array of viewpoints and perspectives of women who have helped shape America.

The bill:

  • establishes a Smithsonian national museum for the collection, study and establishment of programs covering the historical contribution of women to various fields;
  • establishes an advisory council consisting of 25 members appointed by the Smithsonian Board of Regents to make recommendations concerning planning, design and construction, operations and finances, and programming for the museum;
  • directs Smithsonian to appoint a Director to manage the museum and carry out educational programs in cooperation with other Smithsonian institutions and schools;
  • instructs the Board of Regents to choose one of two locations for the museum site, both located on the National Mall and recommended by the Congressional Commission and authorizes the transfer of the chosen site to the Smithsonian Institution;
  • provides that private funds finance the construction of the museum building, while authorizing federal funds for the planning, design, and operation of the museum by the Smithsonian.

We ask that you join us in this historic effort to create an enduring institution to honor the great role of women in various fields and periods of history that have influenced the direction of the United States. For more information or to sign on as a cosponsor, please have your staff contact Christina Parisi with Rep. Maloney at or x5-7944.


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Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 19