Norton’s Women Who Worked on the Home Front World War II Memorial Act Passes in Committee
WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that the House Committee on Natural Resources today passed her Women Who Worked on the Home Front World War II Memorial Act. The bill would authorize a memorial on federal land in the District of Columbia to honor the 18 million American women who kept the home front running during World War II.
“Women have largely been ignored in the memorials on federal land in the nation’s capital, even though they played key roles in World War II," Norton said. “Thanks to my constituent Raya Kenney, who as a student came up with the idea to honor the women on the home front who supported the World War II effort. Raya wondered why the women on the home front, whose efforts were critical to the war effort, such as codebreakers and the women Air Force Service Pilots who flew military aircraft so men could fly overseas, have not received much recognition for their contributions compared to the men who fought bravely in World War II.”
Last Congress, the House passed the Women Who Worked on the Home Front World War II Memorial Act by voice vote. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) is the sponsor of the Senate companion bill.