REPRESENTATIVES MORELLE, MOORE, REED, AND MENG INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO SUPPORT NATIONAL WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME, CELEBRATE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF EXTRAORDINARY AMERICAN WOMEN
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle (D-NY-25) joined his colleagues Representatives Gwen Moore (D-WI-4), Tom Reed (R-NY-23), and Grace Meng (D-NY-6) to lead the introduction of the National Women’s Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act of 2019. This legislation directs the production of a variety of commemorative coins, the proceeds of which will go towards an endowment fund to provide long-term financing for the National Women’s Hall of Fame’s operations.
“As the National Women’s Hall of Fame celebrates its 50th anniversary, this legislation will help ensure the longevity of this iconic historical landmark for years to come,” said Rep. Morelle. “I am especially pleased that our very own Louise Slaughter will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year, and that this legislation will help ensure she and so many other remarkable women in the Hall of Fame will continue to inspire future generations. I am grateful to my colleagues for their partnership and look forward to working with them towards passage of this important legislation.”
“I’m proud to join my colleagues in honoring the 50th anniversary of the National Women’s Hall of Fame. How wonderful that my late colleague and good friend, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, who will be rightfully inducted into the Hall of Fame this year is part of this celebration,” said Rep. Moore. “Her contributions and value to American society are immeasurable and I’m tremendously proud to have been part of the efforts in leading the National Women’s Hall of Fame Congressional Coin bill with Reps. Morelle, Reed and Meng.”
“We care about ensuring the National Women’s Hall of Fame can be enjoyed for generations to come,” said Rep. Tom Reed. “Louise Slaughter worked tirelessly to help improve the lives of those in the Rochester region and Western New York. It is only fair she be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year, allowing her legacy to live on.”
“The Women’s Hall of Fame is critical to ensuring that the stories of women are told, and that future generations celebrate and share the important and historic achievements of women,” said Rep. Meng. “Creating a commemorative coin would be an outstanding way to protect the museum’s longevity, and honor the wonderful work it does in preserving women’s history and showcasing the legacy of amazing women who made their mark on society. I am also thrilled that the late-Congresswoman Louise Slaughter will be inducted into the Hall of Fame later this year. She was a dear friend and a tireless public servant who I was honored to work with in Congress. She paved the way for so many women in public office, and her place in the Hall of Fame is so well deserved. I’m proud to partner with Reps. Morelle, Reed and Moore in introducing this legislation – during Women’s History Month – to honor my late friend and all the other women trailblazers. I look forward to the bill moving through the House.”
"We are pleased a National Women's Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act of 2019 is being brought forward and we hope it will pass this year as the Hall turns 50," said Betty M. Bayer, Ph.D., President of the National Women’s Hall of Fame Board of Directors. "Commemorative coin funding will build foundational endowment to realize our vision in our newly rehabilitated 1844 Seneca Falls Knitting Mill as the national center recognizing women who have transformed the landscape of America."
The National Women’s Hall of Fame, located in Seneca Falls, NY, is the nation’s oldest membership organization dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the achievements of extraordinary American women. This legislation directs the Treasury Department to mint a total of 75,000 commemorative $5 gold coins, 500,000 $1 silver coins, 1,000,000 half-dollar clad coins. After deducting Treasury’s production and overhead costs, the remaining proceeds will go to the National Women’s Hall of Fame Foundation to establish an endowment fund that will provide long-term financing for the National Women’s Hall of Fame’s operations.
The minting and issuing of these coins will not result in any net cost to the United States Government.