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March 2021 Charity of the Month - National Women's History Museum

The Month of March is National Women's History Month with International Women's Day  celebrated on March 8th. It is a time to remember and acknowledge the achievements of  women who fought for change, the women who were the first in their fields and who were trailblazers for those after them. While there is still a lot of work to be done, the 21st century offers hope, with more women than men pursuing college degrees, more women with their own careers,’ some at the top of their field - including the Nations’ first female Vice President. The year 2020 marks 100 years since the passage of the 19th amendment that expanded voting rights to (white) women. The National Women’s History Alliance has selected this year’s theme to be: “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.”

 

America has been hard at work to recognize the achievements of the formerly oppressed and under-appreciated. While museums don’t correct the problems in society, they are important to bring hidden stories into the limelight. Museums dedicated to cultural heritage in our nation’s capitol are essential to preserve and teach the struggles that have been faced in America’s journey to create a more perfect, equal nation. Many new museums celebrating our nation’s minority groups have sprung up in Washington, DC. The National Museum of African American History and Culture was established in 2003, with its current location opening in 2016. The National Museum of the American Indian opened in 2004.

It should come as a surprise that there is no National Museum dedicated to Women’s history in Washington, DC, or perhaps it’s not a surprise at all. Women make up 50% of our population and we should be ashamed that there is not as much support for women’s museums in this country. The first woman’s museum in America opened in Dallas in 2000 at Fair Park, but closed after only 11 years of operation due to lack of support, though its location in a hundred year-old building in an ill-attended park may have contributed to its demise. This lack of support for women’s museums is not unique to America. As of 2020, there are only 75 women’s museums with physical exhibition space in the 195 countries of the world.

For the Month of March, Grow Together will donate 10% of all sales from the Grow Together Line to the National Women’s History Museum, an online museum with the largest exhibition on women’s history with the aim to establish “the first museum in any nation’s capital to show the full scope of the history of its women.” The last attempt at establishing a National Women’s History Museum was in February 2020 when the House passed a resolution toward that end, passing 347-37, but did not go anywhere in the Senate, perhaps due to the pandemic to give benefit of the doubt. Now is the time to push forward for a museum dedicated to American heroines like Rosa Parks, Abigail Adams, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Harriet Tubman who did their part to form a more perfect union.