“I want young girls and boys to come here—10, 20, 100 years from now—to know that women fought for equality, it was not just given to them,” – President Obama on the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument.
This Week President Obama established Belmont-Paul as the latest national monument under the National Park Services. That brings the total of US national Parks dedicated to women’s history to nine, out of the 411 parks in the service.
The Newest sited dedicated to women’s history, it was the headquarters for the National Women’s Party in the 1920s. NWP President, Ava Belmont, owned the house and many of the party’s leaders worked and lived in the house as well, including Alice Paul. The house is home to an extensive library on women’s suffrage and women’s issues, and the NWP archive.
The first national site dedicated to accomplishments of a woman, the site preserves the history of the American Red Cross and Clara Barton. The house was the home of Barton and early headquarters to the Red Cross.
The home of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt after the passing of her husband, it is the only piece of property she personally owned. The site is a window into the private and public life of one of America’s most influential First Ladies.
Comprised of two buildings, the home of First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley, and the Education and Research Center. Mary Regula, wife of an Ohio governor, started the library. Regula raised funds for a comprehensive biography on American First Ladies to be created.
Dedicated to telling the story of one of the most famous conductor’s of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman, it is located in Dorchester County, Maryland where Tubman was born. The site includes the Jacob Jackson home, which was a stop on the Underground Railroad.
Dedicated to telling the life of Maggie Walker, the first African American woman to found a bank. Walker was also a newspaper editor and devoted her life to the advancement of civil rights and economic empowerment. The furniture in the home are all original and help build a picture of what life was really like in the early 20th century.
The Victorian townhouse was the home to the founder of the National Council of Negro Women, Mary Bethune. Bethune lived on the third floor while the council worked on the first and second floors of the house.
Located in Richmond, California the site preserves the history of women on the home front during the Second World War. The site includes shipyards, a hospital, assembly building and what a wartime boomtown looked like.
The site includes the home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Wesleyan Chapel, the site of the Seneca Falls Convention where the Declaration of Sentiments was written. It preserves the story of the struggle for women’s rights, civil rights and the global struggle for equality that exists today.
What historical site related to women’s history do you want to see as the next national monument? Let us know in the comments or on twitter @WMofC