Women of Enlightenment


Tucked away behind the U.S. Capitol and across the street from the U.S. Supreme Court sits a historic building that served as the headquarters of the National Woman’s Party — home of the movement to recognize women’s right to vote. Named after suffragists Alva Belmont and Alice Paul, Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument houses an unparalleled collection of women’s suffrage artifacts honoring the efforts that led to the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

Passed by Congress on June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment guaranteed that the right of citizens to vote “shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” This historic milestone took decades of community organizing and political prowess to achieve. And yet, the passage of the 19th Amendment is only one chapter of a larger story still unfolding today.

Belmont & Paul

Women of Enlightenment!  Amen and Thank you to Belmont & Paul.