The Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum is set to be the first museum dedicated to the history of women in the United States. The museum is the brainchild of Lonnie Bunch, the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and is being spearheaded by director Susan L. Sasaki.
Though it has yet to receive final Congressional approval, the Smithsonian’s proposed American Women’s History Museum announced more than $55 million in gifts to help solidify its financial future, from donors including Melinda French Gates. https://t.co/Uk18LTZKrq
— New York Times Arts (@nytimesarts) February 27, 2023
Despite the progressive and inclusive goals of the museum, conservative republicans have voiced their opposition to the project. Susan L. Sasaki, the director of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum, has made it clear that she wants to make the museum inclusive of all women, including transgender women. However, this is a misguided attempt to be progressive and inclusive, as it ignores the fact that there is no monolithic experience of womanhood.
Museum Dedicated To Women Will Be 'Inclusive", Featuring Trans Womenhttps://t.co/X6AfddOVYm
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 2, 2023
The museum’s mission statement is to “pay tribute to the women who shaped our past,” but it fails to recognize that many of these women were conservative republicans who would not have supported the inclusion of transgender women in their museum. Furthermore, Congress has not yet approved the project, and no site has been chosen for the museum, yet the Smithsonian has already received $55 million in donations to make it a reality.
It is concerning that this museum is being funded with taxpayer dollars without congressional approval, and that it is attempting to push a progressive agenda that does not reflect the values of many conservative republicans. It is also concerning that this museum is attempting to redefine what it means to be a woman without taking into account the experiences of conservative republican women.
The Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum should not be funded with taxpayer dollars until Congress approves the project and until it takes into account the experiences of conservative republican women. This museum should not be allowed to push a progressive agenda that does not reflect the values of many conservative republicans. It is important that this museum recognize and celebrate the contributions of conservative republican women in order to truly be an inclusive and representative museum.
Source: The Daily Caller