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Women Finally Getting a Front Seat

Posted by egehl on October 20, 2009

There are certain concepts to me that seem like a “no brainer”.  And one of those is finally establishing a women’s history museum along the National Mall in Washington, DC.  It amazes me that we have national museums about spies, the media, stamps and poetry but not the history and tireless efforts of women.  We need this museum so that our nation can appropriately honor the remarkable women before us and educate the public and future generations about the momentous accomplishments women have made in American history. 

The effort to establish a women’s history museum is moving forward at a snail’s pace yet there are signs of progress.  On October 14th the House of Representatives passed legislation that would allow the National Women’s History Museum, a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution, to purchase federal land at 12th and Independence to build a world class museum.national women's history museum

The mission of the National Women’s History Museum is to gather and chronicle the amazing history untold or under represented in our Nation’s Capital of the role women have played in helping to build our nation and society.  The organization is dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the diverse historic contributions of women, and integrating this rich heritage fully into our nation’s history.  Once established, the museum aims to teach the public and future generations about the accomplishments and stories of women who, individually and collectively, have woven our nation’s fabric. 

The legislation, also known as The National Women’s History Museum Act of 2009 (HR 1700), would finally put into motion what has been needed for years–to fully and accurately portray all of the important players and events that have happened in our country and that must include the history of women.  To leave women out is forgetting a critical aspect of how we have developed as a society and why women have the rights we enjoy today.  Women deserve a front seat on our National Mall, and a location solely designed for them so that their contributions can finally be told to a national and international audience. 

I applaud the House of Representatives for passing this legislation and I hope the Senate will act swiftly.  We are long overdue to create a space that will honor women and chronicle how women’s lives have gotten us to where we are today.

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One Response to “Women Finally Getting a Front Seat”

  1. Philippa Chapman said

    Brilliant! Hope it comes to pass!

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