Women’s museum in D.C. again pushed

Historians in the News

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.”

That now famous quote (by historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich) is affixed to Christine Erickson’s office door at IPFW, where she is an associate history professor.

Last year, Erickson says, someone scribbled a few choice words on the bumper sticker: “That’s because women didn’t do anything important.”

Perhaps the proposed National Women’s History Museum is needed now more than ever.

On Wednesday, a bill that would allow the museum’s construction near the National Mall was introduced in Congress for the fourth time since 2005.

“It has been a long road,” says Joan Wages, the museum’s president and CEO.

“It’s just what it takes to get 530 members of Congress to agree. It takes a long period of time to make one’s mark in Washington and convince them that you’re serious about your project,” she says....

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