D.C. Street Names Project: List of Women


This is a work in progress; we are continuing to research and compile data on women who have lived in Washington D.C., or who have notable connections with the city.  Most of the addresses listed were residences of the women in question, though exceptions are noted.  If you can help us fill in any of these blanks, or if you would like to suggest women to add to this list, please contact us at dc@equalvisibilityeverywhere.org.  (Current addresses of living women are confidential.)

First Name Last Name Accomplishment Address
Bella Abzug Congresswoman from NY 1970-1977 800 4th Street SW
Madeline Albright First Female Secretary of State
Madeline Albright First Female Secretary of State
Susan B. Anthony Suffragist
Pearl Bailey Entertainer Performed at Howard Theatre 620 T Street NW
Pearl Bailey Entertainer Performed at Republic Gardens 1355 U Street NW
Pearl Bailey Entertainer Performed at Crystal Bohemian Gardens 11 and U Street NW
Alice Pike Barney Painter (mother of Natalie Barney) 2306 Massachussets Avenue NW (Embassy of Latvia)
Clara Barton Founder, American Red Cross Missing Soldiers Office during Civil War, 437 7th Street NW
Clara Barton Founder, American Red Cross 737 7th Street NW
Mary McLeod Bethune Founder, National Council of Negro Women 1318 Vermont Avenue, NW
Shirley Temple Black
Lindy Boggs First woman elected to Congress from Louisiana
Josephine Beall Bruce (1st) Co-founded National Association of Colored Women 909 M Street, NW
Josephine Beall Bruce (2nd) Co-founded National Association of Colored Women 2010 R Street, NW
Nannie Helen Burroughs Educator, orator, religious leader, businesswoman There is already a street named after her.
Josephine Butler Civil Rights & Municipal Leader, Head of Washington Parks 2437 15th Street, NW
Hattie Caraway Senator from Arkansas 1427 Whittier Street NW
Mary Chapin Carpenter Singer/Songwriter 1530 29th Street NW
Shirley Chisholm First African American Elected to Congress 1969 -1983
Elizabeth Dole Senator from North Carolina 2003 -2009
Maureen Brigid Dowd New York Times Columnist
Marion Wright Edelman Founder, Children’s Defense Fund 25 E Street NW (CDF)
Lydia English Started Miss English School for Young Ladies Georgetown
Geraldine Ferraro First Female Vice-Presidential Candidate
Roberta Flack Singer, songwriter, musician Launched Career at Mr. Henry’s 601 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Betty Goldstein Friedan Founder of NOW and First President 2022 Columbia Road, NW
Matilda Joslyn Gage Suffragist/Abolitionist
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Supreme Court Justice
Katharine Graham Board Chair and CEO of Washington Post
Charlotte Forten Grimke anti-slavery activist, poet, and educator 1608 R Street NW
Elizabeth Haines Built Deparment Store at 8th and Pennsylvania Avenue SE 8th and Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Barbara C. Harris World’s first female Anglican bishop Served as assisting bishop at the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, Mount St. Alban, Washington, D.C.
Patrica Roberts Harris First African American Woman in the Cabinet (1977 -1979) There is already a street named after her.
Goldie Jeanne Hawn Actress Born in DC
Helen Hayes “First Lady of American Theatre” Attended Holy Cross School 1312 Massachusetts Ave NW
Dorothy Height Head, National Council Negro Women 700 7th Street SW
Mary Foote Henderson Developed Meridian Hill Neighborhood 16th Street and Florida, NW
Lena Horne Entertainer 2029 Conneticut Ave, NW
Julia Ward Howe wrote “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” she wrote the famous hymn at the Willard Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Lady Bird Johnson First Lady Nannie Helen Burroughs and Minnesota Avenue NE
Lois Mailou Jones Artist 1220 Quincy Street NE
Barbara Jordon Congresswoman from Texas 905 6th Street SW
Kitty Kelley Biographer
Jacqueline Kennedy First Lady (first residence) 3321 Dent Place NW (Georgetown)
Jacqueline Kennedy First Lady (second residence) 2808 P Street NW
Jacqueline Kennedy First Lady (third residence) 3307 N Street NW
Jacqueline Kennedy First Lady (fourth residence) 3038 N Street NW
Jacqueline Kennedy First Lady (fifth residence) 3017 N Street NW
Jacqueline Kennedy First Lady as First Lady, helped preserve Lafayette Square (Jackson Place and H Street NW)
Jean Kerr Author of Please Don’t Eat The Daisies Brookland; street address?
Mary Todd Lincoln First Lady Lincoln Cottage, Soldier’s Home, Rock Creek Park Road
Myrna Loy Actress 3522 P Street NW
Dolley Madison First Lady 1520 H Street NW
Dolley Madison First Lady Octagon House 18th and New York Avenue NW
Patsy Mink Congresswoman, Hawaii 611 6th Place SW
Andrea Mitchell Washington correspondent for NBC 2710 Chain Bridge Road NW
Carol Mosley-Braun First African-American Women Elected to Senate
Eleanor Holmes Norton Congresswoman from DC
Eleanor Holmes Norton Congresswoman from DC
Mary Teresa Norton Representative from New Jersey 1925 – 1951
Sandra Day O’Connor First Female Supreme Court Justice 1981 -2006
Cissy Patterson Editor/Publisher Washington Times-Herald 15 Dupont Circle
Alice Paul Suffrage, ERA, National Women’s Party Sewell-Belmont House, 144 Constitution Avenue NE
Nancy Pelosi First Female Speaker of the House
Francis Perkins First Women to Hold a Cabinet Post 1943 – 1945
Marjorie Merriweather Post Founder of General Foods 4155 Linnean Avenue NW
Sharon Pratt First Female Mayor of Washington, DC
Sally Quinn Journalist
Jeannette Rankin First Woman Elected to Congress
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Wrote The Yearling Brookland; street address?
Janet Reno First Woman Attorney General
Chita Rivera Entertainer Attended the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet (now Dance), 1200 Delafield Place NW
Cokie Roberts Journalist
Edith Nourse Rogers Congresswoman from Massachusetts 1925-1960 1155 16th Street NW
Eleanor Roosevelt First Lady, US Delegate to the United Nations (first residence) 1733 N Street NW
Eleanor Roosevelt First Lady, US Delegate to the United Nations (second residence) 2131 R Street NW
Margaret Chase Smith Senator from Maine 305 C Street SE
Chloethiel Woodward Smith Designer of Capitol Park at 4th and G Street SW 4th and G Street SW (park)
Olympia Snowe Senator from Maine
Elizabeth Taylor Actress 3240 S Street NW
Mary Church Terrell Civil rights, suffragist, educator, integrated D.C. restaurants 326 T Street NW
Elizabeth Proctor Thomas Farmer/free woman of color, owned land Fort Stevens built on 13th and Quackenbos Streets NW
Helen Thomas White House Reporter
Helen Thomas White House Reporter
Sojourner Truth Suffragist/Abolitionist Worked at Freedman’s Hospital (1865), between 12th and 13th and R Street NW
Sarah Vaughn Jazz Singer performed at Club Bali at 14th and T St NW
Sarah Vaughn Jazz Singer performed at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Phillis Wheatley first African poet in America (lived in Boston) 901 Rhode Island Avenue NW (YWCA named after Wheatley)
Nancy Wilson Jazz and popular singer performed at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Molly Yard President of NOW 610 7th Street SW