Honoring Inez: Remembering America’s Suffrage Martyr, Part 2

By Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr., author of “Winning the Vote” and editor of “Remembering Inez” (American Graphic Few people know that America has its own suffrage martyr who deserves to be remembered as the centennial of her death … Continue reading

Honoring Inez: Remembering America’s Suffrage Martyr, Part 1

By Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr., author of “Winning the Vote” and editor of “Remembering Inez” (American Graphic Thirty-year-old Inez Milholland Boissevain died because she loved democracy. She gave her life nearly 100 years ago trying to win the … Continue reading

Women for Congress: The NWP’s Campaign to Elect Women to Represent Women’s Concerns

In August 1920, the National Woman’s Party (NWP) celebrated the passage of the 19th amendment, which enfranchised women throughout the United States. This great victory opened a way forward for the NWP and more specifically, Alice Paul’s overall goal to … Continue reading

The Dignity of Continuity: The Ancestry of the the Purple, White and Gold

By: Hope Elizabeth May, Ph.D., J.D., Department of Philosophy & Religion, Central Michigan University “Shall we respect the dignity of continuity? Shall we be willing in this development of organized effort to recognize our ancestry?” – Mary Wright Sewall, 1893 … Continue reading

The National Woman’s Party And the Meaning Behind Their Purple, White, and Gold Textiles

By: Allison LaCroix When I began my internship with the Sewall-Belmont House a few months ago, my primary responsibility was to work with collections staff to conduct an inventory of all of the textiles in the National Woman’s Party (NWP) … Continue reading

History, Up Close and Personal

By Caitlin Gullickson I love a good brunch. I always have, long before I was an age where mimosas were on the menu. There’s something so perfect about a long-drawn out breakfast on a weekend. Add in some close friends … Continue reading

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

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