Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton push for women’s history museum in DC

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Former first lady Laura Bush joined a push this week for the addition of a women’s history museum on the National Mall.

Speaking at the annual Women Making History Awards gala on Tuesday night, Bush said being honored at the event highlighted the need to “redouble our efforts to make sure there’s a women’s museum right here in our country,” The Washington Post reported.

“It’s really important to have a museum that focuses on women because half of the population is left out from American history,” Bush said. “We need to figure out how we can encourage women to run for office and to run for president.”

Bush was honored at the ceremony for advocacy work and contributions to inspiring women.

Hillary Clinton also paid tribute to Bush in a video featured at the event and reiterated a call for a museum in the nation’s capitol dedicated to women.

{mosads}”I’m certain many of us can still remember that eye-opening moment — often much later than we should have — and we saw ourselves reflected back from the pages of our history books for the first time. That’s an experience every child should have,” Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, said in the video.

“I look forward to the day when both my granddaughter and grandson can visit the National Women’s History Museum and come away feeling a little braver, walking a little taller, knowing they stand on the shoulders of generations of history makers and trailblazers.”

The National Women’s History Museum, which sponsored the gala, has spent two decades working to find a physical space on the mall.

The museum, which was founded in 1996, “currently raises awareness and honors women’s diverse experiences and achievements through its dynamic online museum, educational programs, scholarship and research,” according to its website.

“Once housed prominently among the other great museums of Washington, D.C., it will create better understanding and greater partnerships among men and women.”

The website notes that the museum, which is currently privately funded, will plan to apply for affiliation with the Smithsonian once it has a physical building. 

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