The Smithsonian Institute has unveiled a new “Girlhood” exhibit at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., stating that Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger’s legacy is “complicated” and that sometimes gender is not revealed at birth.
On Friday, the National Museum of American History opened its “Girlhood (It’s Complicated)” exhibit which will run until Jan. 2, 2022.
The 5,000-square-foot gallery on the museum’s second floor showcases “unexpected stories of girlhood, engaging the audience in timely conversations about women’s history.” The exhibit features sections such as “Education (Being Schooled),” “Wellness (Body Talk),” “Work (Hey, Where’s My Girlhood?)” and “Fashion (Girl’s Remix).”
The exhibition will go on tour throughout the country through the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service from 2023 through 2025.
The exhibition was unveiled as the museum marked 2020 as the “Year of the Woman” in celebration of 100 years of women’s suffrage.
The museum launched two exhibitions as part of the “Year of the Woman” initiative, also including the “Creating Icons: How We Remember Women’s Suffrage” exhibition.
“The history of girlhood is not what people think; it is complicated,” an online description of the exhibition explains. “Young women are often told that girls are ‘made of sugar and spice and everything nice.’ What is learned from history is that girls are made of stronger stuff.”“They have changed history. From Helen Keller to Naomi Wadler, girls have spoken up, challenged expectations, and been on the frontlines of social change. Through their lives, what it means to be a girl — and a woman — has always been part of the American conversation.”
Among the women highlighted in the exhibit’s “Talking about Sex” subsection is the controversial founder of what is now today known as Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the nation’s largest abortion provider.
Pro-life advocates have long voiced concern with Sanger’s advocacy for eugenics to control populations in certain minority communities and voiced concern about how abortion has disproportionately impacted the African-American community. Sanger also once spoke to a female group aligned with the Ku Klux Klan.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith