Women are woefully underrepresented in the various memorials and monuments around DC, and a Georgetown teen wants to change that. Raya Kenney came up with the idea of creating a memorial in DC for the women who worked on the Home Front during World War II. Lots of people come up with ideas like this, but it’s rare for anybody–let alone a teen–to form a non-profit and enlist the aid of a Congressional rep to actually get it built. Kenney has done both.
Specifically, she formed the Women Who Worked on the Home Front Foundation and convinced Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton to introduce the authorizing legislation to establish the memorial. And right now that pending legislation could use some co-sponsors. So if you happen to live outside of DC (and thus, not in Norton’s district) you can contribute to the cause by reaching out to your Congressional representative and encouraging her or him to support the bill.
You don’t even need to come up with text! Kenney’s already got that handled:
Dear Representative _____________,As your constituent and a supporter of establishing a memorial in our nation’s capital honoring the over 18 million women who worked on the home front during WWII, I am writing you today to request that you co-sponsor the Women Who Worked on the Home Front World War II Memorial Act—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton has sent a Dear Colleague Letter to your office seeking co-sponsors.Many of us have family members who played a role supporting the efforts on the home front during WWII. It would be a great honor to recognize them in Washington, DC. In addition, the memorial seeks to continue the growing effort to recognize the important roles women have played in our nation’s history. From secret code breakers and pilots to skilled machinists, these women deserve to have their stories told. I respectfully request that you join Congresswoman Holmes Norton as a co-sponsor of the Women Who Worked on the Home Front World War II Memorial Act.Signed,