Resolution J4277-2013

Memorializing Congress to enact H.R. 863 and S. 398, relating to the creation of a National Women's History Museum

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  memorializing Congress to enact H.R. 863 and S.
398, relating to the creation of a National Women's History Museum

WHEREAS, It is in the interest of New York State to encourage passage of
federal legislation to improve New York State, allow for  better  repre-
sentation  of  the  State's  citizens  on a national level and generally
enhance the quality of life of New Yorkers; and
  WHEREAS, Proposed bill H.R. 863/S. 398, the National  Women's  History
Museum  Commission  Act of 2013, which would establish the Commission to
Study the Potential Creation of a National Women's History Museum, would
further these laudable goals; and
  WHEREAS, The creation of a National Women's History  Museum  would  be
nationally  significant  and acknowledge and promote the myriad contrib-
utions women have made and will continue to make to this  nation,  which
are often underrepresented in historical accounts; and
  WHEREAS,  Passage  of  this proposal would additionally set an example
worldwide, by ensuring proper recognition be  given  to  the  historical
influence  women  have  on  all  aspects of society, and would therefore
benefit and improve the lives of all women of the world; and
  WHEREAS, Currently, women's historical contributions are largely miss-
ing from textbooks and other educational materials; a recent  survey  of
18  history  textbooks  found  that  only ten percent of the individuals
identified and discussed in the books were women; and
  WHEREAS, The vast majority of memorials and other  acknowledgments  of
honor  and  pivotal involvement in the progress of our nation dispropor-
tionately recognize men, with only 13 of the 210 statues at  the  United
States  Capitol  memorializing  female leaders, and only five percent of
the 2,400 national historic landmarks chronicling the accomplishments of
women; and
  WHEREAS, The creation of  a  National  Women's  History  Museum  would
change  this unfortunate situation by telling the largely untold stories
of women who played significant roles in the creation and development of
our Nation; and
  WHEREAS, With the creation of a National Women's History Museum, women
of historical significance will finally receive the recognition to which
they are entitled, such as Agent 355,  the  mysterious  woman  who  sent
vital  information to General George Washington during the Revolutionary
War which was instrumental in our victory; Hedy  Lamarr,  an  actor  who
invented a radio-guided torpedo which contained the technology that gave
rise  to  the  cellphone,  Wi-Fi and GPS; Stephanie Kwolek, who invented
Kevlar fibers, five times stronger than steel when  woven  together  and
credited  with  revolutionizing  the  automotive  industry  through  the
creation of lightweight, puncture-resistant tires  and  law  enforcement
through the invention of bullet-proof garments, and many others; and
  WHEREAS,  Numerous  museums exist in Washington, DC, that honor groups
of people or subject areas which influenced America, thanks in  part  to
acts  of  Congress,  including  the National Postal Museum, the National
Museum of Buildings, and the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum; and
  WHEREAS, This museum will not become a burden to the  federal  govern-
ment  or  to  taxpayers  as  it  will be funded entirely through private
donations; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That the Congress of the United  States  be  and  hereby  is
respectfully memorialized by this Legislative Body to enact H.R. 863 and
S.  398,  relating to the creation of a National Women's History Museum;
and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the President of the Senate of the United States, the Speaker

of the House of Representatives, and to each member of the  Congress  of
the United States from the State of New York.

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