For years, a proposal to build the National Women's History Museum in Washington, DC had been put on the backburner, until now. House Republican majority leader, Eric Cantor unexpectedly announced that a vote will be permitted to establish a study commission for the museum. Committee hearings began the week of March 24, and lawmakers are optimistic that the proposal to build the museum using private resources will satisfy budget hawks who objected to the plans in the past. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), co-sponsor of the museum proposal, identifies the project as one created "by the women of this nation, for the women of future generations." Fewer than five percent of the country's 2,400 National Historic Landmarks chronicle women's achievements.