The Women's Monuments in Washington DC
The Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality Monument
The Belmont Paul Women’s Equality Monument did not receive recognition as a national monument until 2016 exactly 100 years after the National Woman’s Party (NWP) was formed in 1916. In 1929 the home that encompasses the Belmont-Paul monument is where NWP members met to fight for women’s equality.
Alva Belmont funded the purchase of the property and Alice Paul founded the NWP. Thus among the eldest colonial properties in Washington D.C. lies the heart and soul of the women who drafted the Equal Rights Amendment and obtained the right to vote.
These women smashed windows, went on hunger strikes, and used the men’s tactic of violence to fight for the women’s vote. Speaking the same language seemed to work because women in America finally attained the right to vote after the drafting of the 19th Amendment in 1919.
Joan of Arc Monument in Meridian Hill Park DC
Everyone has heard of Joan of Arc, but did you know she was so young? In 1412 when Joan of Arc was just 13 years old, she heard voices from the saints and went out to fight for France.
She fearlessly said, “I am not afraid… I was born to do this.” Then she went off to battle and successfully drove the English from Orleans in 1429. She was however captured shortly after and burned at the stake for heresy.
While she may not have been recognized for her accomplishments back then, she sure has been recognized as a martyr for France throughout history.
Thus on January 6, of 1922 the Femmes de France of New York gifted the statue of Joan of Arc to the Women of the United States of America just two years after they won the right to vote!
There have been a couple of discrepancies, and apparently, someone does not like her appearance in Washington D.C. because Joan’s sword has been stolen on and off for the last 80 years. The last one cost a whopping 18,000 dollars to replace, but our lady from France still sits high upon her horse in honor.
You can head to 16th St NW &, W St NW, to see her shine.
Monument to Eleanor Roosevelt in DC
This first lady is a powerhouse that could not be ignored. She inspired people across the nation to follow the beauty of their dreams.
She worked hard beside the world to fight for human rights, and besides women as the first appointed head of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women in 1961. There she released a revolutionary case-study about gender discrimination.
Her fight for human rights, and for gender equality lasted a lifetime, and we honor this incredible woman with her statue, which lies in the F.D.R memorial on 1850 West Basin Dr in SW Washington D.C.