The National Woman's Party: Fighting for Equality Since 1913
The National Woman’s Party (NWP) has used the house at Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument as its headquarters since 1929. Together, the National Woman’s Party and Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument collaborate to share the stories of the party’s founder, Alice Paul, its primary benefactor Alva Belmont, and the many others involved in the fight for women’s suffrage. To learn more about the work of the National Woman’s Party, visit their website.
The partnership between the National Woman’s Party and the National Park Service ensures the care and preservation of thousands of collection items that document the founding of the Party, the history of the suffrage movement, the fight for the Nineteenth Amendment, and the ongoing struggle for women’s equality. Many of these collection pieces are on display at the Belmont-Paul museum in public exhibits planned by both the National Woman’s Party and the National Park Service. The preservation of these items ensures that the stories they hold will be remembered for generations to come.
In October 2020, the National Woman's Party announced the gift of its historic collection spanning woman suffrage and the movement for women’s equality to the Library of Congress and National Park Service. This gift ensures public access to a trove of records about the history of the women’s rights movement in the United States. The National Park Service received the NWP’s textiles, banners, furniture, paintings, sculpture and other artifacts. Notable examples include the banners held by women picketing the White House for suffrage; an original “Jailed for Freedom Pin” that Alice Paul gave to NWP members who served time in jail; keys to the District of Columbia jail where picketing suffragists were incarcerated; and Susan B. Anthony’s desk.
In addition to their work on the exhibits at Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, the National Woman’s Party has produced and shared educational resources related to the legacy of the NWP. The National Woman’s Party also hosts virtual art performances and panel discussions with women's history scholars and artists.
Together, the National Woman’s Party and the National Park Service use the historic Belmont-Paul home to engage the public with women's history, spark important discussions about equality, and inspire all who visit.