Women’s Equality Day: 5 Places to Celebrate
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We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men and women are created equal.
Today is Women’s Equality Day, a day of celebrating such incredible leaders who fought long and hard for our civil and human rights. There are various parks and museums around the country where you can learn more about such women as Alva Belmont, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others who have positively contributed to our mark on history, politics and the arts.
Women’s Rights National Historical Park
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Located in Seneca Falls, New York, this 6.3-acre land was the location for the first Women’s Rights Convention in 1848. The Women’s Rights National Park is also a stop on the Votes For Women History Trail, which is a drivable route that links sites throughout upstate New York that were important to the establishment of women's suffrage. These sites include the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester; Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester; Antoinette Louisa Brown Blackwell Childhood Home in Henrietta; and the M'Clintock House in Waterloo. The park is open year-round and admission is free.
The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House: Home of the legendary American civil rights leader and headquarters of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, this is worth seeing whether you drive the whole trail or not. This is also where Anthony died following her "Failure is Impossible" speech in Baltimore. Here, in Rochester, you can see artifacts and research materials directly related to her life and work. Admission is $15 per adult; $10 per senior citizen, 62 & over, & active military; $5 per student and building is open year-round.
The National Women’s Hall of Fame
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While you’re in Seneca, don’t miss this hall of fame, where you can learn about more women who have made a difference, including Bella Abzug, Louisa May Alcott, Madeline Albright, Lucille Ball, Maya Angelou and more. Created in 1969, The National Women’s Hall of Fame is the nation’s oldest membership organization dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the achievements of great American women including those in the arts, sports, business, education, government, humanities, philanthropy and science.
Sewall-Belmont House and Museum
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This building was just named a national monument a few days ago and President Obama wrote in his presidential proclamation, “The house tells the story of a century of courageous activism by American women.” The Sewall-Belmont House & Museum will be renamed to the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument. This is in honor of Belmont and Alice Paul, who founded the National Women’s Party in 1917 and became the strategist of the campaign for the women’s vote in the 1910s. The Sewall-Belmont House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Museum is open for tours on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
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The National Museum of Women in the Arts: Founded in 1987 and located in Washington, D.C., this museum is dedicated to recognizing women’s creative contributions and addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art in the U.S. and abroad. Exhibits on such famed painters as Frida Kahlo, Joan Mitchell, and Andrea Higgins. The museum includes exhibits and events. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for students and visitors 65 and over. On the first Sunday of the month, the museum offers free admission to explore their collection and current exhibitions. Open seven days a week, it’s only closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
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