Women’s History in the Capitol


I have blogged before about the fact that so many of our statues of women honor virtues, not individuals. A few separate, random moments at work in recent weeks have inspired me to find every example I could of real women in the statues, paintings, frescoes, and photographs on view in the Capitol. I searched for women who played a role in American history, women more likely to be named “Florence” or “Sarah” than “Freedom” or “Victory/Fame”.

The lists I found online did not include the most recent addition, the Capitol Visitor Center. I hope the following list will be of interest to any women’s history buffs out there.

Emancipation Hall:

  • Mother Joseph
  • Helen Keller
  • Jeannette Rankin
  • Sakakawea
  • Maria L. Sanford
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Sarah Winnemucca

Exhibition Hall:

  • Hattie Caraway
  • Rebecca Felton
  • Patsy Takemoto Mink
  • Jeannette Rankin
  • Edith Nourse Rogers
  • Margaret Chase Smith

Brumidi Corridors and Senate Wing (First Floor):

  • Christa McAulliffe
  • Pocahontas
  • Judy Resnik

Cox Corridors and House Wing (First Floor):

  • Clara Barton
  • Carrie Chapman Catt
  • Shirley Chisholm
  • Ann Hutchinson
  • Jeannette Rankin
  • Anna Howard Shaw

Ann Hutchinson in the Cox Corridors, altered by me for emphasis

Hall of Columns

  • Esther Hobart Morris
  • Florence Sabin

Rotunda

  • Susan B. Anthony
  • Lucretia Mott
  • Pocahontas
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • Martha Washington

Statuary Hall

  • Frances Willard

House Wing (Second Floor)

  • Florence Prag Kahn

Senate Wing (Second Floor)

  • Hattie Caraway
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About Laura

Paralegal with Master of Arts in Teaching in Museum Education, frequent museum visitor, based in Washington, DC. I care about what museums can do, both in terms of public offerings and internal practices, to make the world a better place. I blog about museum education ("informed"), the social work of museums ("humane"), and visitor experience ("citizenry").
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