Former first lady Laura Bush was honored at The Women Making History Awards gala on Tuesday night. Recognized for her advocacy work and contributions toward inspiring women, Bush used her platform to push for the inclusion of a women’s history museum on the National Mall.
Bush said additional efforts are needed “to make sure there’s a women’s museum right here in our country.”
“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.”
The event was sponsored by The National Women’s History Museum. The museum has been working to get a physical location on the mall.
Founded in 1996, the museum’s website states it “raises awareness and honors women’s diverse experiences and achievements through its dynamic online museum, educational programs, scholarship and research.”
During the event, Hillary Clinton appeared in a video to pay tribute to Bush. She also spoke about the need for a museum dedicated to women in the nation’s capitol.
“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 said in the video. She said she hopes one day her descendants will visit the National Women’s History Museum and that they will “come away feeling a little braver, walking a little taller, knowing they stand on the shoulders of generations of history makers and trailblazers.”
After two decades without a physical site, the museum, which is currently privately funded, plans to apply for affiliation with the Smithsonian once it has it’s own building.
“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 site says.
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