As members of WCOE watched the vote on the Floor of the House of Representatives, H.R. 863 passed by a vote of 383 to 33 and now heads to the Senate where Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) are leading the charge.
The bipartisan legislation (H.R. 863) was co-sponsored by Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). According to NWHM President & CEO Joan Wages, “We are delighted with the results of the vote! Women represent 51% of our nation’s population, but account for only 1 in 10 figures represented in U.S. history textbooks and only 13 of the more than 200 statues in the Capitol. Clearly, Americans only know half of our history. A national women’s history museum will ensure the contributions American women have made to this great nation will become a part of our national narrative.” Wages added, “We are forever indebted to Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Marsha Blackburn. Their commitment, courage and tireless efforts in support of a national women’s history museum have been extraordinary, as is evidenced by today’s successful vote. Their partnership on this effort demonstrates what has been true since this nation was founded – women get things done! And, we get it done, despite our differences, by working together.”