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Lynette Long, Ph.D., President of EVE

by Lynette Long, Ph.D., President of EVE
June 26, 2010 · Comments Off  

Dolley Madison lived in the Octagon House after British troops burned the White House in the War of 1812.

The Octagon House was home to Dolley Madison after the White House burned.

In this summer heat, EVE volunteers have been beating the streets researching the names and addresses of famous women who were born in D.C. or spent part of their lives in D.C. In our quest for equal visibility, we found out some interesting things.

  • Jackie Kennedy lived in five different addresses in D.C. …all in Georgetown.
  • Other First Ladies have also lived in Washington, D.C., exclusive of the White House. Eleanor Roosevelt lived on R Street NW, Dolley Madison was a resident of the Octagon House, and Mary Todd Lincoln spent many months at the Lincoln Cottage on the grounds of the Soldiers’ Home.
  • Goldie Hawn was born in D.C., Myrna Loy lived in D.C., and so did Elizabeth Taylor when she was married to John Warner. Myrna Loy, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Elizabeth Taylor all lived in Georgetown, the center stage for celebrities in Washington. Pearl Bailey performed at the Howard Theatre on T Street NW, Roberta Flack launched her career at Mr. Henry’s on Pennsylvania Avenue SE, and Helen Hayes had her first performance at Holy Cross School on Massachusetts Avenue NW.
  • We’ve been able to locate the addresses of many illustrious female members of Congress, including Congresswoman Bella Abzug, Senator Hattie Caraway, Senator Margaret Chase Smith, Senator Elizabeth Dole, Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, Congresswoman Patsy Mink, Congresswoman Edith Nourse Rogers, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Senator Olympia Snowe. We are still looking for the addresses of other members of Congress, including Shirley Chisholm, Jeanette Rankin, and Carol Mosley-Braun.
1318 Vermont Avenue NW was the home of Mary McLeod Bethune and the first headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women.

1318 Vermont Avenue NW was the home of Mary McLeod Bethune and the first headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women.

  • Nor have we forgotten the other branches of government. We’ve worked hard to find the addresses of the first female Secretary of State, Madeline Albright; the first female Justice of the Supreme Court, Sandra Day O’Connor; Vice Presidential Candidate Geraldine Ferraro; and Ambassador Shirley Temple Black.
  • We’ve also found the addresses of writers, civil rights leaders, suffragists, reporters, and other women who have made this country great.

If you think it’s easy to find the address of a member of Congress or of someone who lived 100 years ago, think again. The volunteers at EVE have worked hard to figure out the addresses of noteworthy women who deserve recognition, but we are not just collecting a list of names. We are doing all this research for two reasons: first, to have ceremonial street names designated for the blocks where these women lived; and second, to put historic markers on these houses.

EVE wants recognition for all women, not just those in Washington, D.C. Once we get ceremonial designations for the streets in D.C. and plaques on as many of the houses as possible, we are going to identify the homes of noteworthy women in New York and then Chicago.

If you know where a famous woman lived, contact EVE. We need everyone’s help on this project.

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