The 1922 Cable Act: Citizenship and Identity for American Women

Last month we celebrated the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, and in five years, the United States will recognize a full century of women voting. As monumental as this victory was in 1920, a lack of voting rights was … Continue reading

Becoming American

By Chitra Panjabi, former Membership & Development Manager, Sewall-Belmont House & Museum On the afternoon of August 18, 2015, I hurried through the hallways of Oakton High School in Vienna, Virginia. I quickly passed bright red full-length lockers and sports … Continue reading

Women on the Currency – More Than a Symbolic Gesture

A revived discussion around the visibility of women as symbolic figures of America has arisen with recent conversations hitting a fever pitch regarding placing the face of an American woman on our currency. Championing this cause early, Barbara Howard and … Continue reading

Crowdsourcing Women’s Biographies – Help Us Tell the Tales of NWP Pickets

In 1917, on a cold day in January, members of the National Woman’s Party (NWP) marched in stoic determination to stand outside of the White House carrying signs demanding that President Wilson support woman suffrage. The pickets continued for months, … Continue reading

Experiencing the Equal Rights Periodical through the Centennial Project

By Jana Leighton Sewall-Belmont House & Museum staff is diligently working to share the overruns of Equal Rights as part of the Equal Rights Centennial Project in order to better educate others and raise awareness for the post-1920 work of … Continue reading

When Motherhood is the Message

By Ann Lewis The Suffrage Movement had a political problem: How do you persuade men to open the vote to women? Women were supposed to be the “angel in the house” – more virtuous and ladylike– so how do you … Continue reading

Join the Circle of Suffrage!

With Mother’s Day approaching, we want to take this opportunity to highlight the Founding Mothers of the suffrage movement. The collection here at Sewall-Belmont reflects the legacy and leadership of the National Woman’s Party’s (NWP) work for suffrage and equal … Continue reading

“When Will Madam President Come to Washington?”

– The Washington Post, January 6, 2010 On Sunday, April 12th, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced her candidacy for the democratic nomination for president in the 2016 election. She again adds her name to a short list of women … Continue reading

Forward Into Light

By Jana Leighton In the early 20th century, banners heralded the coming of the National Woman’s Party and suffrage by proclaiming “Forward Out of Darkness, Forward Into Light.” Leaning on the rationale and the logic behind the cause of suffrage, … Continue reading

Express Yourself This Women’s History Month: Take a Selfie with Alva

In honor of women’s history month and one of our favorite historical Divas, Sewall-Belmont invites you to visit and take a selfie with a newly installed portrait of Alva Belmont, one of the leaders of the National Woman’s Party (NWP) … Continue reading

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