Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument

Historic Site in Capitol Hill & South DC

This brick house, only steps from the US Capitol, may not look like much, but throughout the 20th century it was ground zero for women fighting for their rights. Multimillionaire socialite and suffragist Alva Belmont helped purchase the house in 1929 for the National Woman’s Party. Activist Alice Paul lived here for 43 years, spearheading rallies and demonstrations. Designated a national monument in 2016 – the only one dedicated to women’s history – it’s now a house museum filled with fascinating artifacts celebrating women’s historical achievements.

National park rangers give tours, or you can explore the two floors of displays on your own. The little gift shop sells feminist books and suffragette-focused souvenirs. The entrance is on 2nd St, next to the Hart Senate Office Building. As an interesting historical aside, Robert Sewall built the original two-story brick house in 1799. He later rented it to Albert Gallatin, secretary of the treasury, who likely wrote the Louisiana Purchase agreement here.