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Thursday, August 04, 2011

National Women's History Museum

Yet another reason to hate Tom Coburn - the arch-conservative senator gets on my last nerve, and now I discover that he and Jim DeMint (another annoying Congressional presence) scuttled a bill to allow the establishment of the National Women's History Museum, on trumped up concerns about the way the abortion issue will be represented.  The museum will cost taxpayers nothing, because the museum board scrapped plans to petition the Smithsonian for a free site, and instead are paying market value for a rather crappy spot off the mall, paying millions of dollars to the government (when the government could very much use it).  No matter, the authorizing bill was blocked.  The effort to establish the museum is over a decade old and no doubt the intrepid founders will persevere until the museum is approved.  According to long-time supporter of the museum, Meryl Streep, Washington has museums about spies, the postal service, textiles, and journalism, but none dedicated to women.  Joan Wages, the president of the (currently) virtual museum hopes to have the brick and mortar building open by 2020, the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage.



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