Sisterly Love

Determination and a little Tupperware help create a museum honoring American women

One banner, a museum administrative assistant says, was taken down from an exhibit because her bosses thought it might cause too much of a stir. The flag honored the Gorilla Girls, a feminist art troupe. Bell denies potential controversy prompted the removal. "The real reason had to do more with the way the flags were being displayed. A number of them were from art groups. We didn't want too many," she says.

Whatever the case, for Bonner, who has spent her professional life creating women's community organizations and working politically to advance women and family causes, the museum is the fulfillment of a dream. "It was an idea," she says, "and I couldn't quite get rid of it."

Cathy Bonner had a plan and a cardboard model. They grew into a national museum.
Peter Calvin
Cathy Bonner had a plan and a cardboard model. They grew into a national museum.

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