Smithsonian Women's History Museum Act introduced to Congress

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Bill H.R. 1980, the Smithsonian Women's History Museum Act, was introduced by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney with 293 cosponsors to establish in the Smithsonian Institution a comprehensive National Women's History Museum. Referred to as the Smithsonian Women's History Act, the bill cites the under representation of women in historical accounts, monuments, memorials and museums, specifically the lack of a national museum. The bill proposes to fill that gap and highlight the contributions by women to U.S. History with the establishment of the National Women's History Museum.


  • Pelosi, Nancy 1940-
  • Maloney, Carolyn
  • American Womens History Initiative
  • United States Congress


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • U.S. Congress, House. Smithsonian Women's History Museum Act, H.R. 1980, 116th Congress, introduced in the House March 28, 2019.
  • Cascone, Sarah. "Will the United Sates Finally Get a National Women's History Museum? Congress Just Introduced Two Bipartisan Bills to Build One." artnet news, April 1, 2019.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


March 28, 2019


  • Women
  • Law
  • New Museums
  • Major Events in Smithsonian History
  • Legislation

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