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Courtney Votes to Pass H.R. 1980, the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act Bipartisan bill would establish a Women’s History Museum within the Smithsonian Institution

February 12, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) voted to pass the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act (H.R. 1980), a bipartisan bill that would establish a comprehensive Women’s History Museum within the Smithsonian Institution. Congressman Courtney is a co-sponsor of the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act, which passed the House last evening by an overwhelming bipartisan majority of 374-37.

“We have a duty to memorialize forever the contributions to our nation made by great American women, and passage of H.R. 1980 brings us a step closer to doing so,” said Congressman Courtney. “The Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act will finally set a course towards constructing a Women’s History Museum within the Smithsonian Institution. With so many history-makers from Connecticut, our state could fill up entire corridors of the museum – from folks like Margaret Bourke-White, to Catharine Beecher, to Chase Going Woodhouse, and hundreds more. A museum dedicated to American women’s history will help educate and inspire countless numbers of people who visit our nation’s capital, and there’s no better institution than the Smithsonian to house and present these stories. I’m excited to be part of this bipartisan effort to finally establish a museum dedicated to great American women throughout our nation’s history.”

Specifically, the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act:

  • Establishes a comprehensive Women’s History Museum in the Smithsonian Institution;
  • Provides that such museum shall be named by the Board of Regents in the Smithsonian Institution;
  • Establishes a council that, among other things, shall make recommendations to the board on the planning, design, and construction of the museum;
  • Provides that the board shall designate a site for the museum, with priority given to a site that is on or near the National Mall

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