Statement from National Women's History Museum Board Chair Susan Whiting on the Passage of Women's History Museum Legislation

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"We are delighted that the legislation we fought so hard to get introduced all those years ago finally passed the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate on a bi-partisan basis as part of the COVID relief/omnibus appropriations package. 

We strongly support this bill, but we also understand the reality that the timeline is uncertain and the bill still needs to be funded. We remain laser-focused, as we have been for the past 25 years, on the urgency of representation—of sharing women’s stories and celebrating their contributions to our national narrative. We’ve long championed the creation of a space that captures and communicates the breadth and depth of women’s experiences and accomplishments, and this space is long overdue. We remain committed to having our own museum now."

About the National Women's History Museum
Founded in 1996, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) is an innovative museum dedicated to uncovering, interpreting, and celebrating women’s diverse contributions to society. A renowned leader in women’s history education, the Museum brings to life the countless untold stories of women throughout history, and serves as a space for all to inspire, experience, collaborate, and amplify women’s impact—past, present, and future. We strive to fundamentally change the way women and girls see their potential and power.

The NWHM fills in major omissions of women in history books and K-12 education, providing scholarly content and educational programming for teachers, students, and parents. We reach more than four million visitors each year through our online content and education programming and, in March 2023, mounted our first physical exhibit at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in downtown Washington, DC, We Who Believe in Freedom: Black Feminist DC. The Museum is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)3. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and visit us at