President Obama will designate the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument on Tuesday, Equal Pay Day. The Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument will protect the house that has been the home of the National Women’s Party since 1929.
The house is currently known as the Sewall-Belmont House. The house is one of the oldest near the Capitol building. The move, according to the White House, will “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 naming of the monument honors Alva Belmont and Alice Paul. Belmont was a former president of the Party. Paul founded the party and was the chief strategist.
Belmont, Paul, and the Party played a critical role in getting the 19th Amendment passed which granted women the right to vote. Paul remained active with the Party until her death in 1977. She worked on the Equal Rights Amendment, the Civil Rights Act, and fought to get women’s equality included in the United Nations charter.
In 1997, the Women’s National Party became an educational group, dedicated to informing the public about women’s equality.