Bachmann featured in women’s history museum she slammed as radically feminist


Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks in opposition to the founding of a national women's museum on May 7. The museum currently features her as part of their "Profiles in Motherhood" online exhibit. CSPAN screengrab.

Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks in opposition to the founding of a national women’s museum on May 7. The museum currently features her as part of their “Profiles in Motherhood” online exhibit. CSPAN screengrab.

By Jessica Huseman
May 12, 2014

Everyone already knows that Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has a pretty thin Congressional resume. Given her complete lack of success getting almost any of her bills passed, it has long been her chosen tactic to say completely ridiculous things as a means of being heard. It is for this reason, I assume, that she slammed the proposed first-ever national women’s history museum as “[radically] feminist” and a potential “ideological shrine to abortion.” This is especially perfect, because the same museum is currently  featuring her in their online “Profiles in Motherhood” as a standout foster mom.

“I rise today in opposition to this bill, because I believe ultimately this museum that will be built on the National Mall, on federal land, will enshrine the radical feminist movement that stands against the pro-life movement, the pro-family movement, and pro-traditional marriage movement,” Bachmann said on the House floor Wednesday ahead of a vote on the bill.

“As it’s currently written, the legislation lacks the necessary safeguards to ensure the proposed museum will not become an ideological shrine to abortion that will eventually receive federal funding and a prominent spot on the National Mall.”

But the threat of encroaching feminism didn’t stop Bachmann from sitting for an interview with the proposed museum when they decided to feature her as the foster mother in their “Profiles in Motherhood” section — because, why should deeply-held, faith-based opposition come at the expense of personal glory?

The exhibit, which features mothers of all kinds (foster, adoptive, birth, military, etc), contends “motherhood is of the utmost importance” and calls mothers the “key to our nation’s existence.” Which is obviously so anti-family that Bachmann had to put her own face on it. Or does she not remember being “humbled” by her inclusion almost exactly three years ago?

Michele Bachmann Women's Museum Facebook Post

The collective frustration at Bachmann’s silly (and hypocritical) speech was almost palpable, and the House approved the museum by a whopping vote of 383 to 33 only a short while later.

The bill founding the museum was co-sponsored by Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.). Yes, that  Blackburn. But the fact that Blackburn is so not-feminist that she voted against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, against the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2009 and against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act in 2013 just wasn’t enough for Bachmann to trust that this museum wasn’t going to be giving back alley abortions and shooting “This is what a feminist looks like” t-shirts into crows of women burning their bras.

Michele Bachmann's feature in the National Women's Museum's "Profiles in Motherhood" exhibit. Screengrab from

Michele Bachmann’s feature in the National Women’s Museum’s “Profiles in Motherhood” exhibit. Screengrab from

Long story short, Bachmann believes that unless all women featured in the museum are as god-fearing as she is, the museum shouldn’t exist. She even said as much in her floor speech:

I for one am honored to be featured in an online exhibit about motherhood that highlights our 23 foster children and our five biological children. However, I am deeply concerned that [worthy] exhibits are the exception and not the rule.

Implying, obviously, that while the exhibit that called her an awesome mom met her standards, other exhibits that instead feature women who, say, were integral in getting birth control legalized, are not “worthy” of inclusion in this museum.

I could ramble on about how stupid that is, but I’ll let Joan Wages, the museum’s president and chief executive, do that for me. Wages, who told The Washington Post that Bachmann’s opposition was “troubling,” added:

“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. It’s like they are totally lacking an understanding of the breadth of women’s history.”

Hear, hear.

Listen to Bachmann’s full speech here:

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