Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet signed on as a cosponsor to a bill that would create a panel to examine and recommend how and where to best establish a museum in our nation’s capital dedicated to women’s history. The bipartisan bill was introduced by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) in September.
“American women have played an incredibly important role in shaping our nation’s history,” Bennet said. “This bill will help us take the appropriate steps toward establishing a museum that will tell the stories of women who have been pioneers and have stood at the forefront in the struggle for equal rights and social justice. As the father of three girls, I believe it is important that we empower our youth with lessons from our history to prepare them to face the challenges they will take on in the future.”
Although Congress has authorized various other museums such as the National Museum for African American History and Culture, the National Law Enforcement Museum, and the National Museum of the American Indian, there is still no institution in the capital region dedicated to women’s role in our country’s history.
The National Women's History Museum Commission Act would establish a commission, similar to what was done for the African American History and Culture Museum, to develop a feasible plan for constructing a women’s history museum in Washington, D.C.
The bill would have no cost to taxpayers.
The National Women’s History Museum, Inc. (NWHM) is leading the effort to establish a bricks and mortar museum.