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Obama to designate national monument honoring women's equality

On Tuesday, President Obama will mark Equal Pay Day by designating the Sewall-Belmont House as a national monument.

Since 1929, the Washington, D.C., building has been the headquarters of the National Woman's Party, and the new monument will be called the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument, honoring activist and suffragist Alva Belmont and party founder Alice Paul. The White House says that more than 600 pieces of federal, state, and local legislation in support of equal rights were authored by party members inside the house.

The National Woman's Party became an educational organization in 1997, and its mission today is to teach the public about the ongoing women's rights equality movement. The designation will permanently protect the house and help preserve its large archival collection of items related to the equal rights movement.