Brady Supports Creation of National Women’s History Museum

May 7, 2014

May 7, 2014 (Washington, D.C.) Today, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved H.R.863, a bill to create a commission to study the potential creation of a National Women's History Museum.  The Committee on House Administration held a hearing on this legislation last December, and approved the bill in Committee in April of this year.

“As a result of the bipartisan work from Reps. Maloney and Blackburn, we’re closer than we’ve ever been to creating a National Women’s History Museum,” said Ranking Member Robert A. Brady (D-PA).  The unique experience, perspective, and historic accomplishments of American women merit recognition in our nation’s capital.”

“American women deserve this museum, but they need more than recognition. American women need equal pay for equal work; they need a livable wage; and they need access to safe and affordable healthcare,” Brady continued. “I hope the passage of this bill serves to inspire Republican leadership to improve women’s future as we honor their past.”

The Committee on House Administration has jurisdiction over museums, or potential museums, if they are, or might become, part of the Smithsonian. In recent times, Congress has authorized within the Smithsonian,   the National Museum of the American Indian, which opened in 2004, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is currently under construction and due for completion in 2016. Committee Democrats have urged Chairman Miller to convene a hearing to consider the report on the creation of a National Museum of the American Latino. That report was authorized by Congress, completed and delivered in 2011.