Statement From Susan D. Whiting, Board Chair, National Women’s History Museum on the Passing of Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder

For Immediate Release

"For almost 25 years in Congress, Pat Schroeder was a pioneer for women’s and family rights. She was a driving force behind the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, among many other issues that helped improve the status of women and girls.

Congresswoman Schroeder was an early supporter of the National Women’s History Museum, recognizing the importance of bringing to life the contributions and accomplishments of women throughout history. As a longtime charter member, she embraced our mission of addressing the dearth of female representation in museums and history books. She will be sorely missed by our community."

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