Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Obama to Declare New National Monument in Honor of Women: ‘The Timing Could Not Be More Symbolic’

In a celebration of Equal Pay Day, President Barack Obama will officially designate a new national monument to pay homage to women. Obama will declare on Tuesday the Sewall-Belmont House, the headquarters of the National Woman’s Party, the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, according to a White House press release. “Tomorrow’s designation will permanently protect one of the oldest standing houses near the U.S. 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 statement read. The monument’s name honors both Alva Belmont, a suffragist and benefactor to the National Woman’s Party, and Alice Paul, the founder of the Party and leader in advocating for women’s economic, political and social equality. Paul was also a strategist for the campaign for the 19th Amendment. “The Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument will honor and forever remind us of the risk, the work and the dedication of those who gathered in this house to fight for women’s equality,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in a statement to the Washington Post. “We must never forget their hard-fought struggle for the right to vote and equal rights for women under the law.” She added, “The timing could not be more symbolic as we mark National Equal Pay Day, an important reminder that women are still fighting for equality today.”...more

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