Would you go to a National Women’s History museum? I know I would and a few senators on the hill are hoping that they they can make it happen. Yes on the lighter side of politics, U.S. Senators Susan Collins, R-Me., and Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., along with Senators Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Tex., introduced legislation to pave the way for a National Women’s History museum on a site near the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
“A women’s history museum is long overdue in the nation’s capital,” said Senator Collins. “It would be the first institution in the region that showcases the many important social, economic, cultural, and political contributions that women have made to our country.
“The National Women’s History Museum will honor the mothers of our country and the unique contributions women have made to America since its beginning,” said Senator Mikulski. “It will pay respect to all the forgotten women who have served this country. Women’s roles in history are often overlooked and undervalued. But we have shaped, and continue to shape, society – not only in terms of battles fought and won – but through great social movements. The history of women in America is inspiring. Women were the driving force behind the abolitionists, who helped end slavery and fought for the 14th Amendment. And of course, women led the suffragist movement, which sought to curb domestic violence by ending drinking and gave women control of their lives with the right to vote. The list goes on and on – and it is still growing. One way to honor their courage and hard work is through this museum. Another is to carry on their legacy. I vow to do just that. ”
“The fabric of our country’s rich history has been woven by generations of courageous women who continually made history as they broke down barriers, redefined what is possible, and left future generations with a greater country than the one they had known. It is important that we have a women’s history museum, so all Americans and visitors from around the world can learn more about the inspiring women who have helped build our country,” said Senator Hutchison.
If such a museum comes to pass, it is estimated that it would draw more than 1.5 million visitors to the nation’s capital each year.
Some other Senators involved in this legislation are:
Patty Murray, D-Wash., Olympia Snowe, R-Me., Mary Landrieu, D-La., Debbie Stabenow, D-Mi., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Lisa Murkowski, R-Ak., Jeanne Shaheen, D-Nh., Kristen Gillibrand, D-Ny., Joe Lieberman, ID-Ct., Daniel Akaka, D-Hi., Mark Pryor, D-Ark., Jeff Merkley, D-Or., and Mark Begich, D-Ak.,
So if you happen to live in one of these states and would like to see the National Woman’s History museum come to life, send an email or call your Senator, I’m sure it would help push this legislation through. This could be one of the next great museums you go see when visiting Washington D.C.