The House on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to approve the creation of a national women's history museum as part of the Smithsonian Institution's network of museums in Washington, D.C., 374-37, reports CBS News.
House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., who spearheaded the legislation, has been advocating for a women’s history museum since 1998.
"For too long, women's history has been left out of the telling of our nation's history," the lead sponsors of the bill, Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney, Brian Fitzpatrick, Brenda Lawrence and Eleanor Holmes Norton, said in a statement.
"Today, the House of Representatives took an important first step to change that. Women are part of every American moment, and their contributions should be recognized and celebrated."
Most House Republicans supported the bill, and all but one woman – Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. – backed it.
Cheney is the highest ranking woman in House GOP leadership.
"She believes women's accomplishments deserve to be honored in an equal manner, alongside those of men, as part of our great national story," a spokesperson for the congresswoman told CBS News.
The spokesperson added, "Congresswoman Cheney represents Wyoming, where generations of women have demonstrated grit, determination, courage and leadership in building our great state."
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