Source: Global Citizen
By Coleen Curry
Just six months ago, hundreds of thousands of women filled the streets of Washington, D.C., to ensure that their voices were being heard in America today.
Now, they may have a permanent monument on Washington’s National Mall to remind future generations that women always have been and always will be a central part of American history.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) have proposed a bill to Congress to build a women’s history museum on Washington’s National Mall, a bill that, according to Maloney, has a majority of bipartisan support and could make its way to President Donald Trump’s desk in the near future.
In an op-ed for Marie Claire magazine, Maloney described why she thinks women deserve their own spot amid the historical institutions of Washington and how important for history to accurately portray the role of women in history.
“Historical exhibits of remarkable women and their contributions are still all too rare. Establishing a museum dedicated to half the population is long overdue,” she writes. “Fortunately, women are persistent.”
The bill came about following a congressional commission that was formed under President Barack Obama to study the issue, which resulted in a unanimous recommendation to Congress that a women’s history museum should be built.
Following the recommendations, Maloney and Royce hope that Women’s History Museum would be located on the National Mall, near the existing Smithsonian Institution Castle, and privately funded.
“This effort is important for all Americans — not just for women,” Maloney wrote. “If we don’t preserve the stories of the countless remarkable women who have shaped our nation, they are in danger of being lost, and we would all be the poorer for that.”
The congresswoman wrote that a majority of Congress members support the bill, and Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have introduced companion legislation in the Senate.
“The momentum is building, and it’s just the beginning,” Maloney wrote in the op-ed.
Trump has not yet said whether he would sign a bill permitting the new Smithsonian on the Mall, but that doesn’t seem to be deterring Maloney, who insists that she will — of course — persist.