Interim director of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum Lisa Sasaki plans to include transgender women in future exhibits, according to the New York Times.
“We have a job to build a museum that’s going to serve the public for a very, very long time,” Sasaki said, according to the outlet. “From the DNA of this museum, there has been a desire to be inclusive.”
Since transgender women are just biological men who identify as women, that means that an institution meant to honor the memory of American women will also be used to celebrate men who masqueraded as women.
The museum, which does not yet have a physical location, recently announced a massive haul of over $55 million in donations.
“The Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum is marking Women’s History Month by announcing that it has received more than $55 million dollars in donations, including from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Pivotal Ventures, Alice L. Walton Foundation, Acton Family Giving, Target Corporation, Bank of America and Tory Burch, to boost the museum’s development,” according to a press release. “These donors are among a growing list of founding donors who have given $1 million or more to support the initial planning of the museum’s building and kick-start program development and the production of digital content for the museum, which will honor American women’s accomplishments, the history they have made and the communities they represent.”
“We are so grateful to begin Women’s History Month with the support of such a stellar group of donors who are dedicated to bringing the story of the American woman to light,” Sasaki, said, according to the release. “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.”
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