Urges Passage Of Federal Legislation
The City Council passed last Thursday, Sept. 11, Resolution 354, co-sponsored by City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, which supports federal legislation to create a commission to establish a National Women’s History Museum on the national mall in Washington D.C.
“Since our earliest days, American women have had to fight against injustice and discrimination—a struggle that unfortunately continues in 2014,” said Crowley, co-chair of the NYC Council 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 ongoing 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.”
By some estimates, women comprise 10 percent of the figures represented in United States textbooks. The museum would highlight the untold stories of great women in American history.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney introduced H.R. 863, which would require a report on recommendations for a plan of action for the establishment and maintenance of a National Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C. The federal legislation would also require the Commission to develop a fundraising plan to support the establishment, operation and maintenance of the Museum through public contributions.
This legislation was passed by the House of Representatives in May 2014 with bipartisan support and was sent to the Senate for consideration. Resolution 354 calls upon the United States Senate to pass and the president to sign companion legislation to H.R. 863.