Meryl Streep is calling for a museum in the nation’s capital dedicated to women’s history and achievements.
Currently, the National Women’s History Museum is run from Alexandria, VA. The museum “researches, collects and exhibits the contributions of women to the social, cultural, economic and political life of our nation in a context of world history.” According to Look to the Stars, Streep is campaigning for a building site for the museum at the National Mall. The actress says, “We at the National Women’s History Museum are determined that the stories of women will be chronicled, and their achievements honored in monument and in our new museum on our nation’s Mall where our foremothers’ stories deserve to be.”
The museum requires approval from Congress and a bill, S. 1870, is before the Senate in the Committee on Environment and Public Works*. The museum states that no taxpayer money will be going toward their costs, and they will need $150 million raised privately. Streep has reportedly donated $1 million herself. “For all time, since what they call the ‘dawn of man’, the history of the human family has been written by one member of that family, and it was not Mom,” Streep said.
[UPDATE: We received word that the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed the National Women’s History Museum Act of 2011 (S. 680) out of the committee in May. For more info, check out the press release here.]