The US capital has been to the forefront of some of the important moments in the history of women’s civil rights. From the woman suffrage parade down the Pennsylvania Avenue to Women’s March, Washington DC keeps serving as a backdrop for speaking for women’s rights and recognizing their contributions to society.
Regardless of which party is in power, the success of American women is celebrated here. If you want to honor what they have achieved, check out these places during your trip to Washington DC.
National Portrait Gallery
For a good dose of calm and culture, you cannot beat a walk around the portrait gallery in Penn Quarter. Here, you will find an incredible art collection covering special exhibitions and works, highlighting some of the most iconic Americans.
The most buzzworthy women’s portrait in the museum is that of Michelle Obama, which was launched in February last year. The art gallery has portraits of suffragists, including paintings of Julia Ward Howe and Elizabeth Cady, and a bust of Susan Brownell Anthony.
The “The Four Justices” portrait is a tribute to the four Supreme Court justices namely Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sandra Day O’Connor, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
This is the only museum in the world devoted to celebrating achievements of women in the literary, performing and visual arts. It is housed in a Masonic temple, known for the Renaissance Revival-style architecture.
The museum is home to many works. The notable artworks are the ones by abstractionist Alma Thomas, and painters Frida Kahlo, Amy Sherald and Suzanne Valadon.
Check out “Acid Rain”, a heavy sculpture by Chakaia Booker. She once said that it “symbolizes both the destruction and the creative possibilities of our interaction with the environment. Old, worn-out tires that are recycled symbolize opposing energies that are being resolved into new works of beauty.”
Vietnam Women’s Memorial
Diane Carlson Evans was a US Army nurse who served in Vietnam hospitals, caring for the seriously injured people from the field and burn victims. After the dedication of this memorial in the year 1982, and the statute “The Three Soldiers” in 1984, Diane Carlson Evans felt the need to commemorate the service of women. She founded the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation in 1984 to recognize their contribution during the war.
The Foundation spent many years seeking permission for the memorial. Almost 10 years after she had started, Diane Carlson Evans attended Vietnam Women’s Memorial’s unveiling function.