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US The House just passed a bill to create a women’s history museum. Only one congresswoman voted against it.

06:45  13 february  2020
06:45  13 february  2020 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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The House just passed a bill to create a women ’ s history museum . Only one congresswoman voted against it . “For too long, women ’ s history has been left out of the telling of our nation’ s history . Today, the House of Representatives took an important first step to change that,” said the

The House easily passed legislation on Tuesday to establish a women ' s history museum in the nation's Maloney introduced a similar bill in 2017 to create a women ' s museum , but it did not get a vote in " Congresswoman Cheney represents Wyoming, where generations of women have

The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to approve the creation of a national women’s history museum as part of the Smithsonian Institution’s network of museums in Washington.

a close up of Liz Cheney wearing glasses: House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) speaks during a news conference following the weekly GOP caucus meeting on Feb. 11, 2020.© Chip Somodevilla/AFP/Getty Images House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) speaks during a news conference following the weekly GOP caucus meeting on Feb. 11, 2020.

The vote comes as the country marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

“For too long, women’s history has been left out of the telling of our nation’s history. Today, the House of Representatives took an important first step to change that,” the bill’s co-sponsors — Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.) and D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) — said in a statement. “Women are part of every American moment, and their contributions should be recognized and celebrated.”

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“But women ’ s stories have been largely excluded from history textbooks." The measure, which has the bipartisan support of 293 cosponsors, would establish a women ' s history museum within the Smithsonian Institution The bill will go to the Republican-held Senate for consideration if it passes .

While Maloney's bill in 2014 to create a commission to study building a women ' s museum passed with 383 votes in favor, 33 conservative Republicans voted against it out of concerns that it would ultimately require taxpayer funding and lead to exhibits focusing too much on women who promoted

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The vote in favor of the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act was largely bipartisan — 224 Democrats and 150 Republicans approved it. The 37 representatives who voted against it were all Republicans plus Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) and included Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) and Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.).

Nineteen members of Congress were not present for the vote.

Rep. Liz Cheney, who represents Wyoming — the first state or territory to give women the unconditional right to vote and hold office — was the only woman to vote against the measure. She is the highest-ranking woman in House Republican leadership and the daughter of former vice president Richard B. Cheney.

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House Democrats predicted on the eve of a floor vote to create a national women ' s history museum that the decades-long effort would finally be signed into law this year given both parties' need to appeal to women in the November elections.

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In a statement to The Washington Post, a spokesman for Cheney said, “She believes women’s accomplishments deserve to be honored in an equal manner, alongside those of men, as part of our great national story.”

He noted that Cheney “represents Wyoming, where generations of women have demonstrated grit, determination, courage and leadership in building our great state.”

The museum would include collections “relating to women’s contributions to various fields and throughout different periods of history that have influenced the direction of the United States” and “exhibitions and programs that recognize diverse perspectives on women’s history and contributions,” according to the text of the bill.

The bill describes three possibilities for the location of the museum:

1) The southeast corner of the Washington Monument area on the Mall, directly south of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill to establish the museum inside the Smithsonian network and take steps toward Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia' s non- voting delegate. “ Women have helped the United States since our founding, despite not being

2) The Mall area northwest of the Capitol and east of the National Gallery of Art’s East Building.

3) An undetermined location, provided it is approved by a board of regents.

Of the 21 sites managed by the Smithsonian in the Washington metro area, only eight are not on the Mall, including the National Zoo, the Portrait Gallery and the Anacostia Community Museum.

There are museums in the area dedicated to women’s art and women’s suffrage, but they are not managed by the federal government and thus charge an entrance fee.

Earlier this week, Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III tweeted about the difficulty in getting approval for the Mall location of National Museum of African American History and Culture. In 2006, Bunch was the director of the yet-to-be-built museum and was prepared to resign if the location wasn’t on the Mall, he said.

A companion bill will now head to the Senate. It is co-sponsored by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

“Telling the history of American women matters, and a museum recognizing these achievements and experiences is long overdue,” the senators said in a joint statement.

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Even if the bill is signed into law as soon as possible, it will be a long time until any museum unveiling. The legislation for the African American museum passed in 2003; it didn’t open its doors until 13 years later, on Sept. 24, 2016.

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