National Archives Hosts Discussion on Women and Power August 23
Press Release · Monday, July 23, 2012

Beyond the Vote: Post-Suffrage Strategies to Gain Access to Power

Washington, DC…On Thursday, August 23, at 7 p.m., the National Archives hosts a panel discussion titled “Beyond the Vote: Post-Suffrage Strategies to Gain Access to Power.”

The program is free and open to the public. It will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, located on the National Mall at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station. Attendees should enter through the Special Events entrance on 7th and Constitution Ave, NW.

Women’s Equality Day 2012 marks 92 years since women won the right to vote. But many suffragists believed voting was only a means to an end. Page Harrington, Executive Director of the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, moderates a panel including Dr. Joy Kinard, Central District Manager of National Capital Parks-East, Jennifer Krafchik, Assistant Director and Director of Collections of the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, and Dr. Jennifer Lawless, Director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University, to discuss the ways that women have worked with, within, and outside of the government to foster change to improve women’s lives.

The National Archives is fully accessible. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program please email or call 202-357-5000 prior to the event to ensure proper arrangements are secured. Spring/Summer museum hours are 10 a.m.–7 p.m. daily.

The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent Federal agency that preserves and shares with the public records that trace the story of our nation, government, and the American people. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries, and on the Internet at

The Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, located on Capitol Hill, celebrates women’s progress toward equality—and explores the evolving role of women and their contributions to society—through educational programs, tours, exhibits, research and publications. The historic National Woman’s Party (NWP), a leader in the campaign for equal rights and women’s suffrage, owns, maintains and interprets the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum. One of the premier women's history sites in the country, the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum maintains an extensive collection of suffrage banners, archives and artifacts documenting the continuing effort by women and men of all races, religions and backgrounds to win voting rights and equality for women under the law. For more information, see

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For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.

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