March 12, 2016 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, 144 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, United States
Tours given at 11am, 1pm, & 3pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Sewall House has stood strong on Capitol Hill for over two hundred years. Early occupants of the house participated in the formulation of Congress and witnessed the construction of the US Capitol and the Supreme Court. In 1929, the National Woman’s Party (NWP) purchased the house, and it soon evolved into a center for feminist education and social change. For over sixty years, the trail-blazing NWP utilized the strategic location of the house to lobby for women’s political, social, and economic equality.
In 1921, The New York Times called the newly purchased headquarters of the National Woman’s Party (NWP), opposite the US Capitol, the ?watch tower to keep close supervision of Congress and its doings.? From Cameron House on Lafayette Square to the Alva Belmont House on Capitol Hill, the NWP strategically and purposefully chose each location. A desire to be in direct proximity to the seat of power within Washington, DC represented the organization’s immediate and long-term goals for women’s equality. While lobbying for the federal suffrage amendment, the NWP focused its efforts on President Wilson and the White House. In 1921, the NWP gave up its Lafayette Square headquarters to move to the Old Brick Capitol, across the street from the US Capitol and Congress, where it launched the campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment. Finally in 1929, the NWP moved across the street to the Sewall-Belmont House, making it the organization’s fifth and final national headquarters.
Today, the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum tells the compelling story of a community of women who dedicated their lives to the fight for women’s rights. The innovative tactics and strategies these women devised became the blueprint for women’s progress throughout the twentieth century. Visit the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum to learn about the historic National Woman’s Party, and the work for women’s equality that remains unfinished.