Editorial: Yes, America needs a National Women’s History Museum

Feb 21, 2020
In The News

With a solidly bipartisan vote of 374-37, the US House of Representatives this month passed a bill to establish a National Women’s History Museum. Here’s hoping the Senate follows suit.

After all, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women’s right to vote — a constitutional change that was the culmination of decades of work by the suffragist movement, which famously dates to the 1848 women’s rights convention in New York’s own Seneca Falls.

Credit New York’s own Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Queens/Manhattan) with making this happen — just the latest example of her success in getting legislation passed no matter which party controls the House.

“For too long, women’s history has been left out of the telling of our nation’s history,” she and her fellow lead co-sponsors note. “Representation matters. Let’s make sure that every child can see themselves in their heroes and role models.”

The bill would establish a council to make recommendations to the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Museum, tasking it with designating a site for the museum on or near the National Mall.

Getting anything passed into law in a bitter election year is tricky. Let’s hope the same bipartisan spirit will move the Senate to get this done.