Build a national women’s history museum? Only if it’s a matter of national defense

Eleanor Roosevelt and Women's Trade Union League - NARA - 196178
Eleanor Roosevelt and Women’s Trade Union League – NARA – 196178 (Photo by Unknown or not provided (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

These days, if you want to even think about creating a national women’s history museum,  you have to sneak a measure to create a commission to explore such a museum into a House defense authorization bill. Since issues of national defense are today the nearest thing Congress has to bipartisan enthusiasm, putting less popular legislation into a defense bill is a wise maneuver.

Though the women’s museum bill passed the House 383-33 back in May, the Senate blocked it on the grounds that the museum might have to receive some federal funding which would, of course, add to the federal deficit.

The sponsors of the women’s museum bill, Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Marsha Blackburn, say all funding for creating the commission and the museum would be through private donations.

But it seems to me that at least some federal funding for a long overdue museum dedicated to the history of American women and their various struggles and achievements would be quite appropriate and far less a burden on taxpayers than what we currently spend on our military-industrial complex and general defense budget.

Advertisements