Why Washington, D.C., Won’t Be Getting A National Women’s History Museum

Two senators are blocking the creation of a women’s history museum in our nation’s capital because they are afraid it will become a shrine to abortion. I wish I was kidding. Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Jim DeMint (R-SC) put a “hold” on a bill that would sell land near the National Mall to build the museum, which would be funded through private donations (including from Meryl Streep, who has pledged $1 million towards it). The senators are claiming that the land isn’t being sold at fair market value (who needs women’s history? Let’s put a Target there!) and that there are already many museums dedicated to the ladies. The Women’s Museum, which is associated with the Smithsonian, is located all the way in Dallas however, and the existing museums in Washington, D.C., focus on niche interests, such as the arts. The senators true motive, some say, is pressure from an anti-feminist conservative women’s group called Concerned Women for America regarding how the National Women’s History Museum put ideas in people’s heads about reproductive rights. The group sent a letter to both senators earlier this week expressing their concern the museum would “focus on abortion rights without featuring any of the many contributions of the pro-life movement in America.” Oh, please. Does abortion politics have to ruin everything? The museum hasn’t even been built yet. In the mean time, if you visit our nation’s capital you’ll have to console yourself with one of the other museums.

And by the way, anyone who dares defy Meryl Streep is on my s**t list. For life. [USA Today]