Decade-long petition for Women’s National History Museum moves through U.S. House

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“I would like to see female scientists and artists highlighted in these museums because I think they don’t receive the recognition they deserve,” Art Education student Maddy Smith said.

“I would like to see female scientists and artists highlighted in these museums because I think they don’t receive the recognition they deserve,” Art Education student Maddy Smith said.

In honor of National Women’s Month in March, an active petition has been signed and shared in search of a home for a museum dedicated to women’s history at the National Mall.

National Women’s History Director and CEO Joan Wages issued a statement Monday regarding a step forward for a public-private partnership with Smithsonian. Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Ed Royce (R-CA) introduced bill H.R. 19 to the House of Representatives on March 30, Wages said the bill was named after the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

The National Women’s History team said this is a huge success, however, the bill may change throughout legislature.

“It is very important to show people all of the amazing things women have done throughout history.” said Diana Morce, who minors in women and gender studies at MSU. “It would be great to show younger girls what they’re capable of doing, because society tells girls what types of fields they should do.”

The National Women’s History Museum was created as an online presence in 1996 to draw awareness of women’s achievements throughout history such as the Suffragettes movement, women’s civil rights and women working in industry.

Carly Gomez works for Women and Engineering MSU’s campus and said it is important to highlight women in fields such as engineering and science because women are underrepresented throughout history.

Gomez studied in the Netherlands for Women and Gender Studies and explained the major differences between feminism within the United States and the Netherlands.

“Their feminist movement is power in being a mother and they think it is very honorable for women to stay home and take care of the kids,” Gomez said. “They also had a lot more women working in the health field.”

Wages patiently wait as the bill moves its way through Congress. Wages promises to release any upcoming information as the process continues.

“This is important. Women’s history needs to be celebrated,” Gomez said.

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