Obama to Designate Monument Honouring Women’s Equality
US President Barack Obama will on Tuesday designate a new national monument to honour the women’s equality movement in America and across the globe, the White House said.
The new Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument will protect the iconic house that has served as the headquarters for the National Woman’s Party since 1929.
From this house, known in recent years as the Sewall-Belmont House, members of the Party led the movement for women’s equality, authoring more than 600 pieces of federal, state and local legislation in support of equal rights.
The White House in a statement on the eve of the historic dedication of the monument, said,
The designation will permanently protect one of the oldest standing houses near the US Capitol and help preserve an extensive archival collection that documents the history, strategies, tactics and accomplishments of the movement to secure women’s suffrage and equal rights in the United States and across the globe.
The new monument is named after former Party president, activist and suffragist Alva Belmont, who was a major benefactor of the National Woman’s Party and Alice Paul, who founded the Party and was the chief strategist and leader in the Party’s ongoing fight for women’s political, social and economic equality.