Smithsonian American Women's History Museum Act introduced in the Senate

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A bill, S.959, the Smithsonian American Women's History Museum Act, was introduced in the Senate by Senator Susan Collins to establish in the Smithsonian Institution a comprehensive women's history museum, and for other purposes. 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.


  • Collins, Susan 1952-
  • Feinstein, Dianne 1933-
  • American Womens History Initiative
  • United States Congress Senate


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • U.S. Congress, Senate. Smithsonian Women's History Museum Act, S.959, 116th Congress, introduced in the Senate 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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March 28, 2019


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

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