If you haven’t yet been to the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, Saturday’s special event would be a great chance to make it your maiden voyage. Back when it was the Sewall-Belmont House, we were invited to take a peek and tour the exhibits of the only museum dedicated to chronicling and keeping a living record of the road to women’s suffrage and equality. (Almost there!) President Obama declared the house and museum a national monument on April 11 of this year –an event that drew hordes of crowds and cars and helicopters to the neighborhood, but which, more importantly, highlighted the tough and relatively recent road to the universal vote. On the brink of an election that may usher in the first woman president, it’s strange yet fitting to realize that it’s only been 96 years since women have been able to stand alongside men, without fear of harassment (ha, ha), and cast a vote for the next leader of the country.
Anyway. Let’s not get too political and focus instead on celebrating the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and on learning more about the strong, idealistic women who challenged the status quo and refused to be shushed. Let’s also focus on how they achieved their right by using their wiles, their charm, their woman-ness AND their kick-ass fashion sense to make their point. The collection of textiles housed in the museum alone is worth the trip: Rich purple and gold tells a story of eye-catching branding that refuses be dismissed.
If you go on Saturday, here are the details:
WHAT: Women’s Equality Day Open House
WHEN: Saturday August 27, 2016, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
WHERE: Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument (!!!), 114 Constitution Avenue NE (entrance is on 2nd Street NE)
The event is free, but the Belmont-Paul asks you to RSVP through this link: https://secure.nationalwomansparty.org/np/clients/nationalwomansparty/eventRegistration.jsp?event=2254&
WHY: There will be re-enactments and readings and speeches and snacks and an opportunity to tour the newest national monument for free. If you go, more people will get my random frenzied screams of “OMG INEZ MILHOLLAND IS SO COOL” and my life will be marginally less embarrassing.