Monday, October 4, 2010

Two male senators want to stop women from knowing their history

A shrine to abortion is of course what these republicans think of when a bill to create a woman’s museum is seeking approval. Apparently our right to vote, or the first women appointed to Congress or the Senate or the first woman in space isn't a blip on their radar.This decade long effort is being blocked by Two Senators, Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Jim DeMint (R-SC). They put a “hold” on a bill that would sell land near the National Mall to build the museum, which would be funded through private donations. The senators are claiming that the land isn’t being sold at fair market value and that there are already many museums dedicated to the ladies. Could someone please tell them The Women’s Museum, which is associated with the Smithsonian, is located all the way in Dallas, and the existing museums in Washington, D.C., focus on niche interests, such as the arts?

The senators true motive, some say, is pressure from an anti-feminist conservative women’s group called Concerned Women for America regarding how the National Women’s History Museum put ideas in people’s heads about reproductive rights. The group sent a letter to both senators earlier this week expressing their concern the museum would “focus on abortion rightswithout featuring any of the many contributions of the pro-life movement in America.”

"What they are doing is holding us to a standard that no museum associated with men has ever been held to," museum CEO Joan Wages said. "The content of the museum is being questioned, and it hasn't even been built. The Holocaust museum, the African-American history museum, the Native American museum — they all had very little money in the bank when Congress passed their legislation."

The museum got a push last week from actress Meryl Streep, who headlined a $350-a-plate gala in Washington. Streep herself pledged $1 million — as did former Abbott Laboratories CEO Duane Burnham. "We will get permission, because I can't imagine those two senators who have put a hold on our museum have the stomach for war with the women of America," Streep said.

Amen sister!


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