On January 7, 2008, the National Women's History Museum submitted a response to the Smithsonian's Request for Qualifications (RFQ) of November 1, 2007. Marshalling a team of experts, and expending great energy and resources, NWHM submitted a response to the RFQ.
On May 5, 2008 Smithsonian Institution issued a Memo that it was withdrawing the Arts and Industries Building from public bid and that it would not proceed on considering responses to its request for qualifications.
Smithsonian has been criticized for its inappropriate use of resources recently and this appears to be one more case. This abrupt and unexpected move in withdrawing their bid also demonstrates offensive indifference to the costs and energies of the many not-for-profit organizations that responded to their RFQ.
Please join with NWHM in contacting your Member of Congress to express your outrage at Smithsonian choosing to allow a magnificent historic building on the National Mall to deteriorate rather than honor women’s many contributions to our nation.