What a week it has been for recognition of women in the United States. The big announcement by the Treasury that Harriet Tubman will be featured on the front of the $20 bill.
But not only that, on the back of the $10 bill will be featured Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul.
Which leads me to the next huge celebration, for at last there is now a national monument to women’s equality. After women won the right to vote, Alice Paul bought a brick house near Capitol Hill in 1929. She moved the National Women’s Party into it so that they could continue to lobby for legislation that pertained to women such as property rights, equal pay, housing and employment and housing issues. They wrote the Equal Rights Amendment in that house. Unfortunately, this piece of legislation has not been enacted to this day.
President Obama has designated that house, the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum in Washington, D.C., as the United States’ first Women’s Equality National Monument.
What a historic week to celebrate.
Wishing us all many more of these historic opportunities to celebrate,