On Equal Pay Day, President Barack Obama designated the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, a site that has been central to the fight for women's equality for over a century, as America's newest national monument.
In a proclamation, Obama describes the history of the house:
The house, located at 144 Constitution Ave. N.E., in Washington, D.C., has been home to the National Woman's Party since 1929. From this House, the NWP's founder Alice Paul wrote new language in 1943 for the Equal Rights Amendment, which became known as the "Alice Paul Amendment," and led the fight for its passage in the Congress.
From here, throughout the 20th century, Paul and the NWP drafted more than 600 pieces of legislation in support of equal rights and advocated for women's political, social, and economic equality not just in the United States but also internationally.