Women of Ward 6 is a non-partisan monthly recognition of Ward 6’s women, sponsored by the Ward 6 Democrats. This effort, in partnership with the National Woman’s Party, the Capitol Hill Restoration Society and the Hill Rag, will culminate in the 2020 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.
We will be recognizing women of Ward 6 – current or historical who lives or works in Ward 6 – for the significant contributions to better our lives.
Alva Belmont (1853-1933) was a wealthy socialite who used her fortune to advance the women's rights movement in the early 1900's. Belmont donated thousands of dollars to the women equality movement and helped the National Woman's Party establish a new headquarters in Washington, DC.
Alice Paul (1885-1977) was an outspoken suffragist and feminist who tirelessly led the charge for women's suffrage and equal rights. She founded the National Woman's Party in 1916.
The Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument at 144 Constitution Ave., NE, as an important fixture of Ward 6. The building, which is named for Alva Belmont and Alice Paul, is among the oldest residential properties in the city and became the headquarters of the National Woman's Party.
Nadine P. Winter (1924-2011) was an urban-housing activist who was one of the original members of the Council of the District of Columbia when DC gained home rule in 1974. She represented Ward 6 on the council from 1974 until 1991.
Ruth Ann Overbeck was a Capitol historian and teacher. She died in April of 2000 and is buried in Ward 6's Congressional Cemetery, Her gravestone, by design, has no birth or death date. Instead, it is engraved: "Look it up!" Overbeck was never allowed into a Ph.D. program because she was a woman.
Follow along as we honor these women as part of our Women of Ward 6 Initiative here.
You can help with our initiative by nominating a woman for this honor. If you want to nominate a woman, or to serve on the committee to help with this important initiative, contact: [email protected]