UPDATE: I have done some additional research and can confirm that from what I have found, the museum will be PRIVATELY funded.
“…Moreover, despite the fact that the museum will be privately funded, the National Women’s History Museum needs Congress’ permission to buy the federal land on which they want to build. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the The National Women’s History Museum Act of 2009 back in October and sent the bill over to the Senate. Frustratingly, it has sat there collecting dust for almost a year because a male Senator put an anonymous hold on the bill. I’d love to hear this guy’s explanation for halting progress on this project, especially since it costs the taxpayers nothing. Apparently even a free museum about women is just too much for this Senator…”
I do trust that the irony here is not lost on female Pink Flamingo readers. Until the past 150 years or so, a woman was required to have the permission of a man to get a job, open a bank account, own property, marry, or refuse to marry someone. If she was being abused, it was her fault. She could not leave her abusive spouse or male authority figure She was little more than a piece of property – even to our Founding Fathers.
Now, in 2010, the likes of Jim DeMint is preventing the private purchase of land to build a museum dedicated to woman’s history.
For more information on museums dedicated to women
The first statue of a woman in the New World is of whom?
Who was the first woman to be allowed to step foot in a colonial assembly?
Who was the first woman governor of a state?
What state gave women the right to vote – first?
The Pink Flamingo is a museum fiend. I love museums. Some of my fondest moments growing up were spent in museums. This said, I also know that it is almost impossible to own and operate a private museum this day and age.
How do I know this – simple – my good friends Steve and Marge Elliott own and operate what is considered one of the finest museums in the southwest. The Tombstone Western Heritage Museum has been so declared by the History Channel. I know how difficult it is for them. You would be shocked at the number of people who aren’t interested in going into a museum when they discover it is not free.
Can you imagine the snide remarks the far right talking heads who make fun of women’s achievements half the time, would make about a woman’s museum on the Mall in DC? There would be no end to their ridicule. They far right had a tendency to ridicule that which they do not create, just the same way the far left does.
They will slam this project as “liberal”, ignoring the “non-partisan” label on it. Then again, we are living in a time where there is a tendency within certain circles in the right to be very anti-knowledge and anti-science. It’s just a little bit scary.
Why should there not be a National Woman’s History Museum? If Jim DeMint has his grand-standing way, we will not. He appears to be the chief stumbling block in getting a piece of legislation passed that will allow the sale of a plot of land on the Mall, near the other major museums.
According to a commentary in the NY Times:
“…Coburn’s office said the senator was concerned that taxpayers might be asked to chip in later and also felt that the museum was unnecessary since “it duplicates more than 100 existing entities that have a similar mission.” The office sent me a list of the entities in question. They include the Quilters Hall of Fame in Indiana, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Texas and the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens in Washington. There also were a number of homes of famous women and some fine small collections of exhibits about a particular locality or subject. But, really, Senator Coburn’s list pretty much proved the point that this country really needs one great museum that can chart the whole, big amazing story….”
In a world where there are museums for just about everything, there are a heck of a lot of people who think we do not need another one. There is one very good reason why a museum celebrating women’s history is needed on the Mall. It is called gravitas.
People are terribly strange. The media is even worse. If it is not in LA, NYC, or DC, it just doesn’t matter. When it comes to a museum, if it isn’t along the Mall, well, forget it. They have the attention span of a sugared-up two year old. You must lead them to it.
It’s like my friends’ museum. If it were on the Mall, they would be super-stars. Because it is in Tombstone, and not on Allen Street, quite often it goes unnoticed. Location is everything!
NO Taxpayer Money is involved in this project. All that is needed is a specific bill to get out of the Senate. Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn have put a hold on it. Coburn will work with the group, but DeMint is balking.
Perhaps it is because he is not on their Honorary Board. Considering the ego involved, it would explain a heck of a lot.
h/t The New Agenda