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Smithsonian's Planned 'American Women’s History Museum' Will Spotlight Biological Males


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The Smithsonian is planning an ode to women on the National Mall, and it’s shaking off the shackles of America’s cisgender past.


The New York Times noted the massive amount that’s been pledged in support:


Without a building or even a determined site, leaders for the Smithsonian’s proposed American Women’s History Museum have spent the past two years drumming up anticipation and support from donors. On Monday, the institution announced more than $55 million in gifts that will help solidify its financial future…

The museum’s interim director, Lisa Sasaki, spoke in celebratory terms:

“Together, we will create a museum that celebrates the women who have helped build this country. These donations are pivotal in the realization of this vision.”

:snip:There is no monolithic experience of womanhood, and Sasaki emphasized that her museum would not attempt to create a singular narrative. The institution will include an oral history program for visitors to submit their own stories, for example. But Sasaki said that she plans to include transgender women, who have been subject to increasing harassment and violence at a time when there is a national discussion, and deep partisan divide, about the acceptance of transgender identities.



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