D.C. memorial to honor women's role in World War II is approved
A new monument honoring women who worked on the homefront during World War II is close to coming to the District.
Driving the news: The D.C. native who as a fifth grader first thought up the idea will attend President Biden’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday.
Why it matters: Raya Kenney, now 21 and an art history major at Kenyon College, has spent years pitching a memorial recognizing the millions of women who stepped into jobs previously filled by men.
- They worked in defense factories, joined the Red Cross, and served in the military.
State of play: Kenney will be a guest of D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton at Biden’s address.
- Congress approved her idea as part of an omnibus bill last December, and Biden signed it into law.
What’s next: The project will need to be privately funded, according to its website.
- The current design envisions 20 black granite pillars etched with the names of jobs that women filled during the war effort. The pillar would form a “V” shape to signify victory.
- Kenney told WUSA9 that she hopes a location can be found and that the memorial can be built within seven years.
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