Monthly Archives: June 2012

What suffrage means to me

What does woman suffrage mean to me? It means a starting point from which full legal equality can be achieved and a promise from those affected to do all that they can to live up to their full potential.  The … Continue reading

Listen, and you can hear the suffragists

Fifteen years ago, I experienced a personal seismic shift as I first entered the Sewall Belmont House & Museum.  How could I not have known about the National Woman’s Party?   Raised in an educated Midwestern family of community activists, I … Continue reading

Some thoughts for the Sewall-Belmont Story Collection

Over the last several years, I had a real treat in the process of wrapping up requirements for a Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies at Georgetown University. After years of living in Africa and witnessing struggles for democratic rights … Continue reading

What Sewall-Belmont Means to Me

When I walk into the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum after a long absence, my first response is always to tear-up – not only because I have so many fond memories of the people who, now living, work within those walls, … Continue reading

Just a Woman From Hazlehurst, Mississippi

Until a few months ago, I’d never heard of Hazlehurst, Mississippi—or a woman named Burnita Shelton Matthews, one of the town’s most notable products.  And that is a shame. Matthews died just six months before I was born, but she … Continue reading

Yes Virginia, there is an E.R.A.

It is hard to believe that it was less than 100 years ago, 92 years to be exact that American women won the right to vote. A struggle that began in 1848 in Seneca Falls, and continued with protests, arrests … Continue reading

Beyond the Ballot

Alice Paul. When you hear her name, what image comes to your mind?  Do you think of the Alice Paul who worked in settlement homes in New York and Great Britain?  The Alice Paul who resourcefully turned $10 and the … Continue reading

The Trowel

This trowel was given to the National Woman’s Party by Charlotte L. Pierce in 1923. Charlotte Pierce was the sole surviving signer of the Declaration of Sentiments, from 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York who lived to see women achieve … Continue reading

Girl Scouts!

As a proud former Girl Scout (Troop 1447 of the National Capitol Region!), I am always so delighted to give tours of the museum to scouting troops.  The Girl Scouts give such a great foundation to young girls so they … Continue reading

A Woman’s Vote is Universal

“It’s time to begin.” A sudden adrenaline rush overcomes me. The exhaustion of the day is swept away, upon hearing those simple words. Anticipation fills the Sewall –Belmont House & Museum. A common purpose unites visitors for the night’s program, … Continue reading