Before moving to Connecticut, I rented a shabby little carriage house on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. I was a 15- minute walk to what was then known as the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum and is now the Belmont—Paul Women’s Equality National Monument. (THANKS, OBAMA!)
Along with The National Gallery of Art and the Hirshhorn, this museum is my favorite place in the city I used to call home.
Visiting the home of the National Women’s Party and standing so close to so many historical artifacts left me feeling inspired, invigorated, and humbled. To be inches away from banners held by suffragists outside the White House gave me goosebumps, but also filled me with determination that my feminism would be intentional and intersectional. We cannot move forward by holding others back. All oppressions are linked and as a cis, white woman it is my responsibility to check my privilege and educate myself so that I may learn from and defer to the LGBTQ community and women of color when advocating for equality and in seeking justice.
My favorite banner from the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument reads “Forward out of darkness; leave behind the night. Forward out of error; forward into light.”
The 8x10 print you see above is available in black, ultra violet, magenta, blue, green, blush, & red. 20% of proceeds for this print will be donated to Safe Futures in New London, CT.