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2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which secured women the right to vote. This is the perfect year to reflect on all that women have achieved here in the United States, and to celebrate their contributions to society as a whole. The struggle to gain equal rights was fought by many brave women whose names you might recognize, and some that you won't. We want you to explore the many sites in the region that tell their story, and in doing so, gain a new appreciation for what they achieved. We look forward to you visiting, so plan your stay today.
Learn the story of Ann Pamela Cunningham, the found of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association which was responsible for saving Washington's historic home and became one of the earliest preservation organizations in the United States. You'll also discover insights of the surprising life of Martha Washington.
The Sully Plantation served as part of the Underground Railroad, along which Harriet Tubman and other "conductors" helped thousands of enslaved people to freedom. Also learn about how, during the Civil War, the women of Sully worked and struggled to maintain the site while the men were gone.
Located on the grounds of the Workhouse Arts Center, the Lucy Burns Museum focuses on the efforts of the courageous "Silent Sentinels" imprisoned at the Workhouse a century ago for demanding the right to vote in a fierce fight for equality. The Museum also tells the story of 91 years of prison history.
Opening in August 2020, The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial honors the millions of women who fought for over seven decades to win the right to vote. Located on the grounds of Occoquan Regional Park, the memorial tells the story of the women's suffrage movement in America.
Elizabeth Hartwell saw the potential of Mason Neck as a refuge for bald eagles and worked tirelessly to save the area from developers. Without her efforts this piece of natural wonder in Northern Virginia would have been lost. Now, numerous outdoor activities are found at this peaceful escape from daily life in D.C.
Catherine Filene Shouse - long an advocate for women's careers and education as well - donated her personal property to enable the creation of Wolf Trap - the only national park dedicated to the performing arts. Wolf Trap also hosts inspiring female artists throughout the year for you to celebrate and enjoy.