The Next 100 Years

As we looked forward to this year of celebrating the centennial of the National Woman’s Party (founded in 1916) we invited you to join us in envisioning the next 100 years.  You’ve helped us share the story of the National Woman’s Party (NWP) and celebrate the extraordinary work of this organization which was dedicated to achieving suffrage and constitutional equality for women in the United States and beyond. The past few months have shown us that the next 100 years of the NWP begins now!

We were honored when, in April, the President of the United States elevated the headquarters of the NWP to the status of a National Monument. The Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, formerly called the Sewall-Belmont House, is now the 411th unit of the National Park Service, and one of the few that speaks directly to women’s stories.

As we look forward to the next 100 years,
we’re delighted to announce our new name: 
National Woman’s Party 
at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument

The National Park Service will conserve the House in perpetuity and provide visitor services. The NWP will continue to own and care for the collection of historic artifacts, operate the library and work with researchers, and expand our public programs. The National Park Service and NWP will work together on interpretation, exhibits, and find many new ways to share this amazing history. Our staff will continue to serve as the content experts on the history of the organization and the broader women’s rights movement in the United States, and will continue to be involved in the operations of the Belmont-Paul. You can still find us on the web at www.nationalwomansparty.org, on
Facebook as the National Woman’s Party and we’ll be on Twitter with @NatlWomansParty as well.

As we bring to a close the first 100 years of the National Woman’s Party, we can think of no more fitting way to honor and celebrate the achievements of this organization than with this new partnership. As was proclaimed in 1931 at the dedication of the house, “May it stand for years and years to come, telling of the work that the women of the United States have accomplished; the example we have given foreign nations; and our determination that they shall be – as ourselves – free citizens, recognized as the equals of men.” Onward!

In honor of the past, in pledge to the future,

A. Page Harrington, Executive Director

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