Conservatives Complain of Liberal Bias at Proposed National Women’s History Museum

By Penny Starr | May 5, 2014 | 2:21 PM EDT

Margaret Sanger, founder of the American Birth Control League, later renamed Planned Parenthood. (Photo: Public Domain. Underwood & Underwood. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs division, reproduction number LC-USZ62-29808.)

( – The House on Wednesday is scheduled to consider H.R. 863, a bill that would establish a commission to study the creation of a National Women’s History Museum – a museum critics charge presents a biased view of American women as feminists who support liberal causes, including abortion and sexual liberation.

“While the idea of celebrating women is admirable, and some of the proposed exhibit are worthy, like the one on motherhood, we believe that the content of such a museum would be slanted to represent the feminist ideology and would not provide an accurate portrayal of American women,” Penny Nance, CEO and president of Concerned Women For America, wrote in an April 8 letter to House members on behalf of CWA’s Legislative Action Committee.

Nance’s letter cites the inclusion of such female figures as Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood and promoter of eugenics, and Victoria Woodhull, an early activist for women’s right to vote who also believed that marriage was “forced prostitution.”

Fifty conservative women leaders signed onto Nance’s letter, including those from the Family Research Council, Students for Life, March for Life, Susan B. Anthony List, and the Eagle Forum.

CWA’s research into the museum shows that pro-life women such as Dr. Alveda King, Dr. Martin Luther King’s niece, and Star Parker are not represented in any of the exhibits in the museum, which to date exists only as a website with an administrative office in Alexandria, Va.

CWA also collected charitable and political contributions made by museum leadership, including its President and CEO Joan Wages, who donated to Emily’s List, an organization that works to elect pro-abortion candidates, and to the campaigns of Democrat Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.).

Wages wrote her own letter in April to the House Natural Resources Committee, which voted the bill out of committee, to defend the museum.

“The National Women’s History Museum has made every effort to make this project as balanced as possible,” Wages wrote. “There are board members representing the right and the left and more from both are being considered.”

Wages touted an exhibit on motherhood, which the CWA said was only added after the group pressured the museum to include something on that topic. Wages wrote in the letter that the motherhood exhibit included Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) for her efforts as a foster mother.

Wages’ letter also noted that four of the 300 biographies on the website are of conservative women – Phyllis Schlafly, founder of the Eagle Forum; former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Jeanette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress; and former child star Shirley Temple.

CWA said that of the 94 sponsors of H.R. 863, only 15 are Republican and only seven of the 19 women in the House are supporting the bill.