Women Who Changed America

Dorothy Height with her mentor Mary McLeod Bethune NPS NABWH

The Women Who Changed America from Washington, D.C.

They founded organizations, they sponsored legislation, they blazed trails and suffered trials. For generations, women living and working in Washington, D.C. have defied expectations and surmounted discrimination to increase equality, freedom, and prosperity for their fellow citizens.

Women who left a mark

  • “Angel of the Battlefield” Clara Barton inspired a world-wide humanitarian movement
  • Dorothy Height devoted forty years to supporting African-American women and girls
  • Frances Perkins not only became the first woman to serve as a cabinet secretary, she was the principal architect of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal

See the sites downtown and around the U.S. Capitol where they and others made their marks and follow history along Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, where thousands of suffragists first marched for equality on March 3, 1913.

Reviews of our Women Who Changed America walking tour

"My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend the tour to anyone interested in the many contributions women have made to equality and progress in this country."Goldstar reviewer


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Guides that may lead this tour: 
Portrait of Carolyn

CAROLYN attributes her devotion to walking tours to perambulations through her new hometown when she arrived to earn an M.F.A. in Acting from The Catholic University of America. She is the founder of Washington Walks.

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Portrait of Cheryl

CHERYL grew up in the D.C. area and has seen Washington change a great deal over the years.  Having traveled nationally for her work and internationally for fun, she still thinks D.C. is one of the most fascinating cities in the world.

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Sunday, March 10, 2024 at 2:00 p.m.

Available for private tour bookings. Please email info@washingtonwalks.com for more information.

Approximately 2 hours
Reservations required and limited to 15 participants on public walks.

$35 per person.

Please email us for a private tour quote.

Embarks from outside Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Metro station.
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