House Concurrent Resolution No. 36





            WHEREAS, in 1987, the United States Congress declared March to serve as "Women's History Month" to acknowledge the important role women have played in shaping America; and

            WHEREAS, although women constitute a majority of the nation's population, their achievements and contributions are underrepresented in museums and memorials; and

            WHEREAS, only 10% of the people identified in a recent survey of 18 history textbooks were women; and

            WHEREAS, in 1999, the President's Commission on the Celebration of Women in American History called for a women's history museum to be established on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.; and

            WHEREAS, the National Women's History Museum (NWHM), founded in 1996, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, educational institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the diverse historic contributions of women, and integrating the heritage of women fully into this nation's history; and

            WHEREAS, the NWHM seeks a site on or close to the National Mall and in close proximity to the White House and U.S. Capitol Building; and

            WHEREAS, the NWHM has identified federally owned property for sale near the National Mall; and

            WHEREAS, legislation is currently pending in the U.S. Congress seeking authorization for the NWHM to be able to purchase this property at fair market value with privately raised moneys, with no federal moneys being requested for the purchase of this land; and

            WHEREAS, there are museums dedicated to flight, postage stamps, buildings, and many other important people and issues of interest, but not to women, and yet women comprise 51% of the nation's population; and

            WHEREAS, the NWHM will showcase the full history of women in the United States and the contributions they have made and continue to make in the marketplace, arts and sciences, government, entertainment, education, home, and community; and

            WHEREAS, a coalition of 43 women's organizations representing 8 million women, including the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL), supports the efforts of th NWHM to establish a permanent residence near the National Mall, the most prominent location for museums to be situated in the nation's capital:

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the members of the House of Representatives of the Ninety-seventh General Assembly, Second Regular Session, the Senate concurring therein, hereby request the esteemed members of the Missouri Congressional delegation to support the National Women's History Museum's efforts to secure a permanent home in the nation's capital for a museum that will highlight the important role women have played in shaping this great nation; and

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chief Clerk of the Missouri House of Representatives be instructed to prepare properly inscribed copies of this resolution for each member of the Missouri Congressional delegation.