Sponsored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), the measure would add the Sewall-Belmont House as a unit of the National Park Service (NPS).
Speaking in support of the legislation, Sen. Mikulski stated, “Sewall-Belmont was the home of the National Woman’s Party and its leader Alice Paul, who marshaled four generations of activists to work to end legal, social, and economic discrimination against women…Today, women have the right to vote and the right to be on the ballot. But we have so much more to accomplish to become fully equal members of society. It is critical that we remind today’s generation of women and men of this long and important history so that we can keep in mind the lessons learned from these movements as we march toward full equality.”
Peggy O’Dell, deputy director, Operations, National Park Service, also testified.