2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote in the United States. Washington DC’s buildings, monuments and parks are a history lover’s dream – and the anniversary of the suffrage movement is a great reason to explore some of those historic sites. Here’s a list of exhibits commemorating the impact the suffragists made on Washington DC and the entire country. Group Portrait Monument to Pioneers of Suffrage Movement
The U.S. Capitol Rotunda displays portrait busts depicting a trio of significant women suffragists. This marble monument immortalizes Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of the first women to demand the right to vote, Susan B. Anthony, who proposed the Amendment that would pass after her death, and Lucretia Mott, a Quaker preacher who fought for women’s equality in the 1800s. The Capitol Visitor Center offers a Votes For Women Tour Monday – Saturday at 1 p.m. | Free admission | First Street NE Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument 200-year-old historic house in Capitol Hill that has been at the center of the fight for women’s rights since the National Woman’s Party became the owner in 1929. Guests can learn about the origins of the suffrage and women’s rights movements, as well as the women who earned the right to vote and introduced the Equal Rights Amendment. Hour-long tours are available at 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 2 and 3:30 p.m. The museum is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday – Sunday | Free admission 144 Constitution Ave NE – A short walk from Union Station Metro Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote Library of Congress – exhibit through September 2020 Open Monday – Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Free admission Southwest Gallery, Second Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building | 10 First Street SE American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith National Museum of American History – ongoing exhibit Open Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Free admission | 14th Street & Constitution Avenue NW All Work, No Pay: A History of Women’s Invisible Labor National Museum of American History – through February 2021 Open Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Free admission | 14th Street & Constitution Avenue NW Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote National Archives Museum – through January 2021 Open Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.|Free admission|701 Constitution Avenue NW Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence National Portrait Gallery – through January 2021 Open Daily 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Free admission | 8th & F Streets NW We really hope you will visit Washington DC to celebrate the landmark Centennial of the 19th amendment. Be sure to Book Your Stay at one of our gorgeous DC Bed & Breakfast Inns – Embassy Circle Guest House & Woodley Park Guest House, both featuring amazing spaces and warm hospitality in an amazing city.