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Bachmann votes against a women’s history museum that features her


Rep. Michele Bachmann has changed her tone on the idea of a National Women’s History Museum. (Reuters/Mike Theiler)

Three years ago, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was happy, “humbled” even, to be included in the National Women’s History Museum’s online exhibit “Profiles in Motherhood.”

But it turns out she doesn’t support the institution that recognized her.

The House voted Wednesday to appoint a bipartisan commission to conduct a feasibility study for the nearly two-decades-in-the-making National Women’s History Museum. Thirty-three House members, and just two women, voted against the measure. It’s safe territory for Republicans because the plan is to fund the museum with private money. Right now the museum exists only as an idea, with an active Web site.

Bachmann, who ran for president but said recently that many in the country aren’t ready for a female president, bashed the idea of the museum, which she said would “enshrine the radical feminist movement that stands against the pro-life movement, the pro-family movement, and pro-traditional marriage movement.”

On the House floor, Bachmann acknowledged participating with the museum for a feature on her role as a foster mother. Though “honored,” she said, “I’m deeply concerned that any worthy exhibits are clearly the exception and not the rule.” (You can watch her full remarks here.)

Here’s what Bachmann said about the exhibit on her Facebook page three years ago:

(Bachmann Facebook Page)
(Bachmann Facebook Page)

Joan Wages, the museum’s president and chief executive, called Bachmann’s opposition “troubling.”

“It’s even more troubling and unfortunate that some women would reduce women’s history down to one issue, which is abortion or pro-life, because women’s history is so much more,” Wages told the Loop. “It’s like they are totally lacking an understanding of the breadth of women’s history.”

Guess Bachmann wasn’t humbled enough.

Colby Itkowitz is the lead anchor of the Inspired Life blog. She previously covered the quirks of national politics and the federal government.

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