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house Bill H.R. 1980

Should the Smithsonian Build an American Museum of Women’s History on the National Mall?

Argument in favor

Women’s contributions to history are often overlooked, which means that historical narratives are overwhelmingly male. A national women’s history museum would be an important means of correcting this oversight in the historical record and ensuring that people of all genders are able to learn about the amazing women who’ve helped shape American history. Locating it on the National Mall near other prominent museums administered by the Smithsonian is commonsense, as is raising half the funds needed to build it from non-federal sources.

larubia's Opinion
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02/11/2020
“Each time a girl opens a book (visits a museum) and finds a womanless history, she learns she is worthless.” - Myra Pollack Sadker. Build a women’s museum in the mall & let’s be inclusive in our history. Not everyone who contributed to our country was a white male. Let the record reflect!
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jimK's Opinion
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02/11/2020
I have three sons, six grandsons and one granddaughter. She is obviously very important to me (I often tell her that she is my very best and most favorite granddaughter, ever). I want her to have every opportunity that my sons and grandsons have had or will have; I want her to know her worth both to herself and to society; I want her to know that she can work toward any goal that suits her; I want her to know that she does not have to be restricted by lingering societal stereotypes of what a woman’s role should be; I want her to know that she is entitled to demand any rights that some may try to deny because of her gender; and I want her to see the important roles that other women have played and what they have accomplished in their lifetimes. I wholeheartedly support a Museum of Women’s History to reinforce all that I want for her and for all of our daughters and granddaughters to come.
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Christie's Opinion
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02/11/2020
As long as it does not just depict Anglo (white) women, a Women's history museum would be a good addition. Too many textbooks and museums overlook or ignore the role women have played in history. From the role Indigenous women played in the Iroquois Federation to the Daughters of Liberty to
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Argument opposed

The Smithsonian Institution already makes a deliberate effort to teach women’s history through its Women’s History Initiative, which achieves the same goals that a national women’s history museum would. Moreover, on a practical level, the Smithsonian is currently unable to support a huge endeavor like building a new museum. While well-intentioned, this legislation is neither necessary nor feasible given the Smithsonian’s current programming and constraints.

Chancy's Opinion
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02/11/2020
We shouldn’t have museums for “men’s history” and “women’s history.” Spend time, spend money, take effort to ensure all museums are accurately depicting history and not ignoring men or ignoring women. By separating out history like that, you are giving 2 incomplete pictures of the world, not one cohesive, whole picture of the world.
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Wesley 's Opinion
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02/11/2020
All Americans, quit trying to separate us by gender and race
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JTJ's Opinion
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02/11/2020
What about the other hundred genders? No this is not an appropriate way to spend the taxpayers money, we can’t afford the museums we already have.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed February 11th, 2020
    Roll Call Vote 374 Yea / 37 Nay
    IntroducedMarch 28th, 2019

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    Women are currently represented in the Smithsonian as they should be.We don't need separate museums to divide us as Americans.
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    How many women do we know of historical importance and what did they contribute? What we do know are European males and women who play subservient roles. This has contributed to our racial and sexual bigotry. This lack of historical significance doesn’t only exist in the U.S. it’s all over the world usually enforce by religious doctrine. We need to recognize the contributions of all peoples and sexes. Do we need a special museum, Yes. But it should start in antiquity, cover both national and international women of significance. Not only for stitching up a flag or having a child but that on which the world turned like Madama Curie. Also it should show the genesis of our treatment of women in western culture today. Women prior to the Black Death were treated differently they had a much more prominent role in society and as result received some of the blame for the plague and even lost their life’s as result. When viewing this museum people should understand why we need to place women in a position of significance a long side everyone else.
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    We already have one, it is called the Smithsonian. Stop wasting time and money on duplication.
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    As a brother to 4 sisters and a father in law to a couple of wonderful women and a grandfather to a girl - I agree - history is replete with exceptional women that never got their due and many times their contributions were diminished because they were women. having a place to celebrate achievement isn't about wasting money on another museum - it's about having a place to celebrate achievement and inspire and motivate young girls to think beyond the glass ceiling regardless of their paths.
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    Women can’t get equal rights, maybe this would bring their accomplishments to light.
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    If you can see it, you can be it. If women are revered, they will be respected.
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    absolutely there should be a women’s history Smithsonian museum. History is written by those who conquer to make themselves look less complicit. Women have been denied credit for their accomplishments and skills since this country was founded. Women of Color have particularly been left out of the history story. I support Herstory entirely.
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    2020 and still no equal rights Amendment. We are 50+ in this country without equal representation. We still don’t make as much money and less likely to be promoted. We have (mostly) given birth to, educated and influenced every single great man that comes to mind. And when you think of great historical figures who comes to mind? Washington? Franklin? Lincoln? King? Where is Sojourner Truth? Grace Hopper? Nellie Bly? Do you even know who they ARE? Who wrote The Battle Hymn of the Republic? We are a pivotal point in history. Women’s healthcare is under attack. The Republican agenda to further subjugation of women. The move to politically weaponize women’s health issues through lies and propaganda. Our right to affordable gynecologist services and birth control not to mention our right to choose what is best for our lives and futures. My favorite (and only) niece is a smart, kind, inquisitive child. Recently did a report on women in history. We had to do lengthy online research. How wonderful if this was a beautiful place to take her too? As a little girl my Mom told us we could be anything we wanted including President of the USA. She is 80 now and apologized thinking the world would be be better and more inclusive. She is 80 and wanted so badly to see a woman President. Maybe we can say that to her granddaughter. Damn right we need a Woman’s Museum. We need a lot more than that.
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    No
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    It’s time to hear the stories of everyone who wasn’t writing the history books
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    Shouldn't the History of the "Melting Pot" incorporate and represent both genders, the indigenous peoples and immigrants.....it's all OUR history.
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    It is past time that women were recognised for all they have contributed to both the past and our planets future.
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    Yes, we have been left out of so much history it would be great to have one museum dedicated to “all” women. Also making women a bigger part of the other museums would be another way. I can’t imagine what it would be like to take a future granddaughter or grandson to something like this where I felt equally represented.
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    I suppose if you’re a Lesbian you’d like to see it happen. It’s just another fabricated campaign issue. If you disagree with building a museum dedicated to women’s history, you’re nothing but a SEXIST, MYSOGENIST or whatever other label the Left will stamp on your forehead‼️ PS...another waste of taxpayer $$$$$.
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    Why not?
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    I saw a comment that we don’t have a men’s history museum...wanna bet? We have monuments to men in history, history museums full of men and rarely a woman to be found. Yes, I’m a woman and proud of it and all the women who came before and after who have contributed so much to this great nation of ours.
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    Of course we need a national museum on women's history! We are more than half of the population and yet we historically have been ignored in every way possible. We need to change this, NOW.
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    I think they should build a Museum of Women’s History but until women gain full equality they should leave it unfinished.
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    Yes I'm For telling Herstory Women have taken Action and Done Amazing Contributions for Centuries Great Proposal. ☮️
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    Women have historically been minimized or excluded from the telling of history, and yet their contributions to the general movement upward for the human condition are incalculable. I would treasure visiting a museum that focused only on women's undeniable role in the making and development of our country.
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