Celebrating the Centennial in D.C.: 100 Years of Women's Suffrage

L.A. Times Expeditions invites you to celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Travelers will have an opportunity to explore the multifaceted motivations behind the amendment’s passage. Some supporters believed that engaging women in the political process would reduce corruption and enhance accountability. Others were driven by a less admirable goal of diluting the influence of African Americans, who had secured the right to vote 50 years earlier. Today, 100 years after the 19th Amendment was ratified by the states, women in America continue to struggle for equal treatment. On this five-day tour of the nation’s capital, you will have the opportunity to explore “American herstory.” Guests will be given behind-the-scenes access to our nation’s founding documents, trace the footsteps of the 1913 Women’s Suffrage Procession, tour the Capitol building and hear firsthand from congresswomen about challenges they continue to face in the struggle for equal representation. Experience Washington, D.C., through the eyes of suffragists 100 years ago as well as getting perspectives from leaders advancing women’s rights today. 

Sep 13-17, 2020

5 Days

4 Nights

Washington, D.C.

North America

History & Politics

Itinerary
5 Days, 4 Nights

Trip Cost, Per Traveler

$3,595 double occupancy
(Single supplement: $1250 )
$500 Deposit
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Expedition Highlights

Join L.A. Times White House Editor Jackie Calmes in meetings with current and former female members of Congress, including leaders from California, to discuss the challenges they face today and some of their successes. 

Visit the National Archives for a private showing of the Constitution and meet with the curator for an exclusive Q&A about the archives’ “Rightfully Hers” exhibition.

Retrace  the steps of more than 8,000 women in the 1913 Women’s Suffrage Procession, organized by Alice Paul and the National American Woman Suffrage Association.

Enjoy specially curated tours of the Smithsonian’s collections related to the women’s rights movement at both the National Museum of American History and the National Portrait Gallery.

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Jackie Calmes - LA Expeditions Expert

Jackie Calmes

White House editor for the Los Angeles Times Washington bureau

Day 1

Welcome to D.C.

Arrive in Washington and check into your hotel. Gather this evening for a welcome reception at a popular D.C. steakhouse, home to lobbyists and influencers. (R, D)

Day 2

Procession Toward Equality

After breakfast and a morning discussion with your host, visit the National Archives for a private viewing of the nation’s founding documents and a discussion with the curator about a special exhibition in honor of the centennial. Examine the U.S. Constitution, which failed to fulfill its promise of liberty for half of the nation’s citizens until the passage of the 19th Amendment. Then enjoy a private tour with a curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History that will focus on the role women have had in shaping the country. Hear the stories behind key artifacts such as the Declaration of Sentiments table, where Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote her first demand for women’s equality in 1848, or the first Votes for Women sashes worn in the early 20th century. After lunch, follow the footsteps of more than 8,000 women who marched in 1913 along Pennsylvania Avenue to call attention to the campaign for women’s voting rights. The procession was organized by Alice Paul and the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Learn how the procession welcomed international supporters, drew jeers and worse from male spectators and reflected the country’s ongoing struggle with segregation. Return to your hotel for an evening on your own. (B, L)

Day 3

Democracy in Action

Today will provide insight into the democratic process and the ongoing fight for equal representation in the halls of Congress. Start the morning with a visit to the Library of Congress. With a docent, you will explore the library’s collection of memorabilia related to the women’s rights movement, from Clara Barton’s papers to suffragist scrapbooks to the 19th Amendment itself. After lunch, meet with California leaders and members of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues to discuss the legislative challenges and advances lawmakers see today. Conclude your day with a private tour of the Capitol building and learn about the women who walk its corridors. 2018 was a historic year for women in politics, ushering in the most racially and ideologically diverse Congress in history. Admire the marble carvings of women’s rights founders like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, who paved the way for today’s leaders. Return to the hotel for an evening at leisure. (B, L)

Day 4

People and Portraits

Return to Capitol Hill for a morning tour of the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, which served as the headquarters of the National Woman’s Party. The historic house tells the story of Alice Paul and her colleagues, who dedicated their lives to the fight for women’s rights. The house served not only as the base for the political movement but also as a second home for the hardworking women of the organization. Enjoy lunch on your own in the trendy Gallery Place-Chinatown neighborhood. After lunch, gather on the steps of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Meet with a curator for a private tour featuring the gallery’s collection of works depicting suffragist and women’s rights pioneers, including busts and images of Lucretia Mott, Julia Ward Howe and Jeannette Rankin, the first female member of Congress, who famously declared, “I am no lady, I am a member of Congress.” Tour the rest of the Old Patent Office building, including the “America’s Presidents”  exhibition and “20th Century Americans” collection. Continue to the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to showcasing and celebrating the works of women artists. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon on your own before gathering for a farewell dinner this evening. (B, D)

Day 5

Wrap-Up

Over breakfast, enjoy a final wrap-up discussion with your study leader. Examine the tremendous progress made by women over the past century, along with the tasks that remain for true equality. (B)

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