Letter to the House in Support of the National Women’s History Museum Act
June 09, 2009
On behalf of the National Education Association's (NEA) 3.2 million members, 70 percent of whom are women, we would like to express our support for the National Women's History Museum Act (H.R. 1700), introduced by Representative Maloney (D-NY).
In 1987, Congress declared March as “Women’s History Month.” More than two decades later, little exists to acknowledge women’s contributions and achievements. Of the 210 statues in the United States Capitol, only nine are of female leaders. Less than five percent of the 2,400 national historic landmarks chronicle women's achievements and, according to a survey of 18 history textbooks, only three percent of the information was dedicated to women. Few museum exhibitions are devoted to women.
The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) is a non-partisan, non-profit educational institution dedicated to fostering a greater appreciation of how women have shaped our culture. Founded in 1996, it has already generated unparalleled support and presented rich and inspiring programs. Now it needs a permanent home.
The National Women’s History Museum Act would allow the NWHM to purchase-at fair market value-land next to the National Mall. In so doing, it would allow the NWHM to begin to fill the gap in our nation’s history. Using collections borrowed from other institutions, as well as its own collections, NWHM would be able to create exhibits that reflect diverse experiences of American women and their impact on communities, the nation, and the world.
We urge your support for this important legislation. To add your name as a cosponsor, please contact Orly Isaacson, in the office of Representative Maloney at 5-7944.
Director of Government Relations
Manager of Federal Advocacy