A bill co-sponsored by Bucks Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, a Republican, and introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, (D-NY), would establish a comprehensive women’s history museum in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
The “Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act” would embody the specific, historic contributions of American women to the United States. It has bipartisan support in the U.S. House of Representatives
The Act, first introduced in March, includes research data that shows historical accounts, monuments, memorials, and museums disproportionately represent the achievements and contributions of men, often neglecting those of women.
Among the findings, a study of 18 American history textbooks reveal 10 percent of the material documented women’s contributions and currently there exists no national museum in the U.S. devoted to women’s contributions throughout the Nation’s history.
Fitzpatrick and supporters of the bill say the establishment of a women’s history museum with a diverse range of viewpoints and backgrounds would more accurately depict the history of the U. S. and also add value to the Smithsonian Institution.