First women’s history museum in the works

WASHINGTON, D.C. -There is a museum dedicated entirely to News. There’s one focused only on Air and Space. Another, houses some of the most important documents in our nation’s history. But there is no museum anywhere in the United States honoring our country’s women.

“The time is long past. We need to have a women’s museum,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).

Maloney is co-sponsoring a bill which would create a commission to research what it would take to make a National Women’s History Museum a reality.

“There are so many stories of women that we can tell about how they’ve helped build this country, helped maintain it, helped preserve our national security and our homeland security, certainly socially, various things that they’ve done in every sector of our society,” said Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI).

Miller chairs the House Administration Committee which oversees the construction of Smithsonian museums on the National Mall. She says the plan is to not use any federal funds for the museum.

“It is important to note that we are talking about zero taxpayers dollars and it would all be raised with private donations and fully funded, the construction of it and the maintenance as well,” Miller said.

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is the other co-sponsor of the bill. She says lawmakers started talking about a women’s history museum nearly 20 years ago. And over that time, it’s gained bipartisan support.

“We women like to collaborate, we like to get things done and so this is this time, we’ve said ‘let’s get this done,’” Blackburn said.

Supporters are hoping to build the museum somewhere here on the National Mall. And in keeping with the theme, they are hoping to hire a female architect. If that happens, the National Women’s History Museum would be the first museum on the National Mall designed by a woman.

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