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The National Council of Women

The 1888 founding of the National Council of Women of the United States marked an important moment in the fight for equality.  Their mission statement is powerful: It is the mission of the National Council of Women of the United … Continue reading

Women’s History Month Open House

Sewall-Belmont is celebrating Women’s History Month with an Open House this Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm.  Be sure to visit to see a new display of rarely exhibited objects, and renew or upgrade your membership to … Continue reading

Happy Birthday, Matilda!

Matilda Joslyn Gage celebrates her 188th birthday today.  She was central to NAWSA, as part of their executive leadership for over two decades.  She wrote extensively on many subjects, including abolition. The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation continues her work, advocating … Continue reading

The Girl Guides

102 years ago, an important organization was founded: The Girl Guides. Known today as the Girl Scouts (or the Thin Mint people, at least in my house), the Girl Guides were the work of Juliet Gordon Low.  There are now … Continue reading

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman’s death on this date in 1913 was the end of an era.  She was an important figure in American history, leading hundreds of people out of slavery. In addition to work in abolition, she also spoke vocally about … Continue reading

Open House This Weekend!

Join us in a celebration of Women’s History Month with our Open House this weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm. We will have special displays of rarely seen material, and new or renewing members will … Continue reading

Take a Seat

On this day in 1917, Jeanette Rankin took her seat in the United States House of Representatives.  She was the first woman elected, and served the state of Montana. We are proud to honor her incredible legacy by displaying this … Continue reading

Woman Suffrage Parade

On March 3, 1913, 5,000 women marched down Pennsylvania Avenue to protest for suffrage. At Sewall-Belmont, we talk a lot about this parade, and why it was so important.  For Alice Paul, the parade’s organizer, it was an enormous undertaking.  … Continue reading

The Vestal Fire

March 1 is an important date if you are an Ancient Roman.  Each March 1, the hearth of the city: the Vestal Virgins celebrated their annual renewal festival. The Vestal Virgins were important members of Roman society, made up of … Continue reading

The Leser of Two Evils

Sewall-Belmont is close to two very important buildings: the US Capitol and the US Supreme Court.  SCOTUS, as it is known in legal circles, is the highest court in the country, which means that it decides questions of great Constitutional … Continue reading

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