Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes (D-DC), an original cosponsor of H.R. 863, the "Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women's History Museum Act of 2013," will speak on the House floor tomorrow, Wednesday, at approximately 2:15 p.m. in favor of the bill and on the importance of bringing a Women's History Museum to the nation's capital. The bill would establish a commission to submit a report on a plan of action for the establishment and maintenance of a National Women's History Museum in Washington, D.C.
"I tried for years to get a bill for a National Women's History Museum through the Economic Development Subcommittee and to the House floor," said Norton. "I expect this bill for a commission study of a museum to have better success because it follows the model we used to get the African American History Museum, now under construction. In our city, which has many notable museums, the absence of a National Women's Museum stands out at a time when the transformation of the roles of women makes it important that we understand and appreciate women's contributions to the nation's history."
Norton, a senior member of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, has been working with Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) -- the sponsor of H.R. 863 -- and other women in the House since 2009 to establish a National Women's History Museum. Initially, they found land on the Mall that could have been designated for the museum, but it is no longer available. They also tried to get the museum directly established. However, just as the National Museum of African American History and Culture, currently under construction, required a study, Norton believes a study is also the best way to achieve a National Women's History Museum.