If you are an RV traveler looking to learn more about the Women's Rights Movement then you can't beat a visit to the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument in Washington D.C. Located near Capitol Hill and standing as a icon for the women's rights movement, the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument was built in 1800 and is one of the oldest residential houses within Washington D.C. During the War of 1812 the original house was destroyed by British forces, but in the 20th century the house was known as the headquarters of the National Women’s Party.
The National Women’s Party was a political movement that fought for equal rights for women in the United States. The party was founded in 1916 and pushed the women’s suffrage movement from state-by-state cases to push for constitutional amendment. The party was active until 1997 when it moved from lobbying activities to become a 501(c)3 educational organization. The monument was designated as such by President Barrack Obama in 2016.
Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument house takes its name in honor of Alva Belmont. Belmont was the NWP president from 1920-1933 and donated thousands of dollars to the women’s equality movement, which in turn gave the party the ability to purchase the new headquarters. The house played a huge role in fostering community within the movement and it also functioned as a hotel and second home for some members up until the 1990s. Today, visitors are able to visit the monument Wednesday through Sunday and learn more about the history of the house and the movement for equal rights.
While there are no RV camping options available at the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument the National Park Service runs Greenbelt Park in Maryland which is only a few miles from the monument. Here you can choose to call the park home by staying at one of the many RV-friendly campsites. The Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument is open all year round.