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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.

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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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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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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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  • The house Passed February 11th, 2020
    Roll Call Vote 374 Yea / 37 Nay
    IntroducedMarch 28th, 2019

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Title

Smithsonian Women's History Museum Act

Official Title

Smithsonian Women's History Museum Act

Summary

Smithsonian Women's History Museum Act This bill establishes in the Smithsonian Institution a comprehensive women's history museum. Such museum shall be named by the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. The bill establishes a council, that, among other things, shall make recommendations to the board on the planning, design, and construction of the museum. The board shall designate a site for the museum, with priority given to a site that is on or near the National Mall.
    “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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    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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    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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    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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    All Americans, quit trying to separate us by gender and race
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    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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    Women’s contributions to American history has been overlooked for too long.
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    I do think it's time for a museum that honors the history and legacy of women in this country: how they've fought for equality, supported the war effort, and improved the workforce. I am concerned that the National Mall is getting crowded, so I hope that this museum is placed thoughtfully so that it's visible and appealing without adding clutter. But a woman's place in American history is essential and should be prominently featured in our nation's capital.
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    There are museums for every subset and minority on the National Mall—Holocaust survivors, African Americans, Native Americans, and the veterans of foreign wars. It’s time to commemorate American women, who make up over half the US population and contribute the human capital that makes this country great.
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    Yay! More museums! Go for it!
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    Should I be shocked that they haven’t yet?!No. We should Not be “over looked” Nor should we be Dismissed from History. Build it and be sure that the Wing can be added to. WE have a Great Deal of History to be added.
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    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.
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    That’s sexist. 🙄 Women are presented in the regular Smithsonian. We don’t need more spending for a separate museum.
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    We should honor our history. This is a common sense bipartisan bill. Making sure that women are remembered.
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    The last time I went to the Smithsonian, there were plenty of women featured there. Why all the focus on division and separation these days?
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    We shouldn’t separate by race, religion or gender. We are already divided enough! Why not include them into the regular history at the Smithsonian?
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    Women are the givers of life and should be given representation as to what they have have added to our country.
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    Why are we segregating history? Women have played a powerful role in shaping the world all throughout history. So have men. Why not celebrate them side by side as equals? America....further proof that tolerance breeds intolerance.
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    Women can’t get equal rights, maybe this would bring their accomplishments to light.
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