On The Avenue

A Lunch for the Women Who Make History

by Kristopher Fraser Photographed by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan
Thursday, January 12, 2017

It’s a woman’s world, and lest we forget it, on December 19, 2014, Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) in the House and senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) in the Senate sponsored a bill to create a Congressional Commission to study the establishment of a National Women’s History Museum.

On November 16, 2016, after 18 months of work, the Commission’s findings and recommendations were presented in its final report to Congress and President Obama.

Declaring that the U.S. needs a museum dedicated to the achievements and contributions of women, the Commission concluded that it should be a part of the Smithsonian Institution and deserves a prominent location on or close to the National Mall.

Rep. Maloney has been a tireless advocate of this legislation, and on Monday morning January 9 she, along with some of the fiercest women from Washington and the Common Good, an organization dedicated to civic engagement, gathered for a luncheon to promote it.

Attendees included Gina Argento, president of Broadway Stages, Harriett Balkind, founder of Honest Ads, Myra Biblowit, president of Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Elizabeth Caputo of World Economic Forum, Lally Weymouth of The Washington Post, Shirley Lord Rosenthal, the widow of former New York Times Managing Editor A. M RosenthalLorna Brett Howard, board chair of NARAL and Erin Moriarty of CBS News.

Patricia Duff, founder of The Common Good, said “There are so many women whose work has gone unrecognized throughout history. That is why we need this museum, this work is more important now than ever.”

According to Duff, Congresswoman Maloney has seen all her biggest desires come to fruition in Congress except for this. After over 20 years in Washington, she has finally been able to bring the issue to the front burner, and has secured over 112 co-sponsors for a bill to make the museum a reality.

While passing a bill through Congress is no picnic, there’s more hope for the museum now more than ever. So here’s to the women who lunched to honor the women make history.

Visit The Common Good’s website at thecommongoodus.org.


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