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A Woman's Place Is on the Mall

Group Calls for a National Women's History Museum in D.C.

National Women's History Museum Don't Tell Me I can't Campaign Joan Wages establish unsung heroes


The National Women’s History Museum hopes to bring attention to some of the unsung female heroes of history.

The National Women's History Museum doesn't exist yet — at least in the brick-and-mortar sense — but NWHM President and CEO Joan Bradley Wages is looking to change that.

The group hopes to raise private funds to build a museum in Washington, D.C., and Wages tells AARP Radio host Mike Cuthbert that chronicling women's history is a huge task. "Where do you start, and how do you tell the story?" she asks.

While the museum is still in the fundraising and planning stages, Wages takes inspiration from women who fought so long for equal rights. "It took [women] 72 years to get the vote," she says with a knowing laugh. "How long is it going to take us to convince members of Congress that we need a National Women's History Museum?"

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