Women of Ward 6: Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Right to Vote

The 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, was passed by Congress in 1919 and ratified in 1920. The Ward 6 Democrats are celebrating this 100th anniversary by honoring some of the women who have lived or worked in Ward 6 and who have made significant contributions to better our lives and our community.

Women of Ward 6 is a non-partisan recognition of Ward 6’s women, sponsored by the Ward 6 Democrats, in partnership with the National Woman’s Party, the Capitol Restoration Society and the Hill Rag.

If you’d like to nominate a woman for this honor, send an e-mail to marcihilt@aol.com.


April Women of Ward 6: The Furies Collective House

April’s Women of Ward 6 is the Furies Collective house, a row house at 219 11th Street SE. This house is directly connected with the early expression of the character, role and ideology of the lesbian community as a social and political community in the 1970s. The house became the operational center of The Furies, a lesbian feminist separatist collective, which between 1971 and 1973 led the debate over lesbians’ place in society.

The DC Historic Preservation Review Board designated the house a historic landmark in 2016.

219 11th Street SE

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March Women of Ward 6: Bonny Wolf

March’s Woman of Ward 6 is Bonny Wolf, an accomplished food writer, who lives on Capitol Hill. You may have heard her on NPR’s Weekend Edition or bought a book she’s written. If you’ve lived in the neighborhood for while, you probably already know Wolf. She shops regularly at Eastern Market and is passionate about the Capitol Hill community. She’s won two writing awards from the Association of Food Journalists.

The Ward 6 Democrats are recognizing and honoring Ward 6 women who have made significant contributions to better our community for the 2020 anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

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February's Woman of Ward 6: Sharon Ambrose

February’s Woman of Ward 6 is Sharon Ambrose, a no-nonsense proponent of economic development projects, such as the construction of Nationals Park, when she served as Ward 6’s Councilmember for ten years on the DC Council.

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Alva Vanderbilt Belmont (1853-1933), A Major Figure in the Women’s Suffrage Movement

January’s Woman of Ward 6 is Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, a prominent multi-millionaire American socialite and a major figure in the American women’s suffrage movement. She was one of the founders of the National Woman’s Party (NWP) and helped gain support for the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. The Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument in Ward 6 is named for Belmont and Alice Paul, another key figure in the fight for women’s voting rights.

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Ruth Rappaport (1923-2010)

November’s Woman of Ward 6 is Ruth Rappaport, a Capitol Hill resident who had a remarkable life and career as a librarian. Rapport’s life spanned her childhood in Germany where she was a witness to the devastation of Kristallnacht and a Leipzig book burning to her death in 2010, after retiring from the Library of Congress in the early 1990s.

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Veola M. Jackson (1932-1991)

October’s Woman of Ward 6 is Veola M. Jackson, a dynamic educator who was the first principal of the Capitol Hill Cluster Schools (Peabody, Watkins, and Stewart-Hobson). She changed Capitol Hill by not only giving parents the option of putting their children in public school, but by making those schools representative of the diversity of the population of Capitol Hill.
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Coralie Farlee

September's Woman of Ward 6 is Coralie Farlee, a long-time Southwest DC resident whose professional career and voluntary contributions impact the lives of many people in Ward 6 and DC. The Ward 6 Democrats are recognizing and honoring Ward 6 women who have made significant contributions to better our community as a lead-up to the 2020 anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

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Jackie Von Schlegel

This month the Ward 6 Dems are honoring Jackie Von Schlegel (1939-2016) as June's Woman of Ward 6. Jackie Felty Von Schlegel was a longtime Capitol Hill realtor who was born in eastern Tennessee. 

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Elizabeth Haines

Not many Capitol Hill women have a building named after them, but Elizabeth Morrison Haines does. She built the large grey building that still stands at the corner of 8th and Pennsylvania SE in 1892. The building featured 15,000 square feet of trading space on two floors for 50 different departments, plus a third floor that was rented out to local vendors – an impressive achievement. 
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