- In 2017, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Ed Royce (R-CA) introduced H.R. 19, the Women’s History Museum Act2 with 127 cosponsors.
- In 2017, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced S. 14983, the American Women’s History Museum Act with 11 co-sponsors.
- This legislation establishes the museum and identifies two possible sites. Private funds are required for the construction of the museum.
Why We Need a Women’s History Museum
Our nation’s history is incomplete as it often fails to tell the stories of half our population — women. A national museum dedicated to recounting this history will show that the U.S. values and appreciates women and what they have done to help build this great country.
- There is no comprehensive museum anywhere in the U.S. dedicated to the full story of women’s history.
- Only 9 out of 91 statues in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall depict women.
- Only 5% of the approximately 2,400 national monuments honor women.
- Women are underrepresented in the history textbooks taught in schools.
- Build a world-class museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to educate, inspire, empower, and illustrate the full scope of women’s contributions to history to United States.
- Create an inclusive and accessible hub for women’s history in the United States. A hub that we will point to with pride and that will lead the way among nations advocating and celebrating women.
- NWHM was founded in 1996 and is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) educational institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting and celebrating the diverse contributions that women have made to our society.
- NWHM has produced 26 online exhibits and more than 300 biographies. The Museum’s website receives more than 1.2 million visitors annually and has nearly 500,000 followers making it the fifth most popular museum on Facebook.
Call to Action
- NWHM has been working diligently to build a foundation to launch a comprehensive capital campaign to raise private funds to build the Museum. We look forward to working with Congress to build a strong public-private partnership.
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1. Text is copied from Congresswomen Maloney’s website and the National Women’s History Museum website and is intended for information sharing purposes only. Links: https://maloney.house.gov/issues/womens-issues/national-womens-history-museum-0 & https://www.womenshistory.org/support-us
About Vanessa O’Brien
Vanessa O’Brien is a British-American mountain climber, explorer, public speaker and former business executive.
She became the first American woman to climb K2 and the first British woman to climb K2 (as a result of her dual nationality) on 28 July 2017 when she successfully led a team of 12 members to the summit and back on her third attempt, receiving Explorer of the Year by the SES for her efforts in 2018. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Fellow of The Explorers Club, and a Member of The Scientific Exploration Society (SES).
Vanessa climbed the highest peak on every continent, receiving a Guinness World Record setting a record for the fastest time a woman first achieved this goal (295 days). Vanessa has skied the last 111 km to the South and North Poles completing the Explorers Grand Slam in 11 months, becoming the first woman to do so in under a year and the 8th woman in the world. Outside of mountaineering, Vanessa completed the Boston Marathon in 2017, helping to raise money for the American Red Cross, has been shot testing bulletproof clothing at point blank range by Miguel Caballero with a .38 long revolver, and reached 200 mph riding with Mario Andretti at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2018.