Lewis Diuguid

May 8, 2014

Backing women’s museum would help GOP image

It wouldn’t look good for people in either party to argue about having a National Women’s History Museum in the nation’s capital.

It looks as if Republicans and Democrats in Congress have found an issue that they can unite behind without bipartisan bickering.

It wouldn’t look good for people in either party to argue about having a National Women’s History Museum on or near the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The House voted 383-33 on Wednesday to create a bipartisan commission to study the feasibility of such a museum. The next step will be for members of Congress to show women the money that they will allocate to build the structure.

It’s not a slam dunk even in the week leading up to Mother’s Day. Congress has let legislation for a women’s museum die at least twice since 2005, The Associated Press reports.

An Alexandria, Va.,-based women’s museum foundation has raised about $14 million toward the estimated cost of $400 million to build the museum. Women’s history often is untold in the United States, including women’s involvement in the abolitionist movement and women gaining the right to vote less than 100 years ago.

Republicans have been accused of waging a war on women, including women’s reproductive rights. Their getting Congress to back the National Women’s History Museum would be a step toward redemption especially as midterm elections approach.

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