Traveling is full of valuable lessons.
I have the privilege of traveling frequently. As an international non-profit owner, I have the opportunity to travel all around the globe giving speeches and presentations.
Even though I’m only in some cities for a few days, when I can, I like to make time to sight-see and appreciate the history in the city.
In my travels I’ve found that there there are several landmarks across the United States that showcase the amazing work women have done. Here are five that will leave you feeling inspired.
Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument — Washington, DC.
I was lucky enough to visit this monument, and it truly blew me away. Located near Capitol Hill and built in 1800, it has served as headquarters of the National Women’s Party since 1929. One of my favorite parts of the museum was seeing the history of the women’s suffrage movement. They had everything from the clothing women wore to the signs they used to protest put on display, and it really gave me the chance to put myself in their shoes.
Mount Hope Cemetery —Rochester, New York
Susan B. Anthony’s grave is located in Mount Hope Cemetery. This landmark most recently received national attention when women put their “I Voted” stickers on Anthony’s grave as a tribute to her hard work in the fight for voting rights. She is a reminder that our voices are worth fighting for in every way. She continues to inspire women to fight for equal rights and speak out against inequality.
Rosa Parks Library and Museum — Montgomery, Alabama
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery City Bus. Her action inspired civil rights’ activists all around the globe and spurred the Montgomery Bus Boycott. This museum is located where this incident happened and highlights the inspiring story of Parks and the history of the movement.
National Women’s History Museum — Alexandria, Virginia
This museum hopes to acknowledge and showcase the work women have done throughout history. We need more conversations about women’s history and the feminism movement, and this location is the center for restarting this conversation. My favorite part of this museum is that they are working to incorporate all aspects of women’s history, including the political impact, the cultural impact and the social impact. I have yet to visit this location, but it is definitely on my list!
Paulsdale — Township, New Jersey
This location is the birthplace and childhood home of Alice Paul. Designated a national historic landmark in 1991, this location hopes to inspire individuals to continue their pursuit in activism. Although it was difficult in her time, Paul was a lead activist in the women’s suffrage movement and is a true example of using your voice for change.
It’s important that we acknowledge the history of feminism and all of the women who helped us get to where we are today. These inspiring landmarks help us put the fight for feminism in perspective.