Destined for Greatness: 5 Places Where Women Made History

Mar 8, 2018 1:15 PM ET

Originally posted on Out of the Blue

Sure, you can crack open a history book to read about the courageous women who fought for women’s rights over the years. But why just read about them when you can take a walk in these women’s shoes, and visit the places where they took a stand? In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re sharing 5 places we fly where you can get inspired by the powerful women who have paved the way for women today.

Seneca Falls, New York (July 19 – 20, 1848) 

The Seneca Falls Women’s Rights National Historical Park—just an hour from Syracuse, NY—is the site of the first women’s rights convention held in the U.S., and you can still walk the same halls as those courageous women. This July marks the 170th anniversary, with free events including ranger-led and living history programs, art displays and more.

Akron, Ohio (May 29, 1851) 

The “Ain’t I A Woman?” speech at the Women’s Rights Convention in 1851 sparked a human rights movement, and the Sojourner Truth Ohio Historical Marker plaque in front of the building that stands where that speech took place is just an hour’s drive from Cleveland. While in Cleveland, don’t pass go without a stop at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum, which celebrates some of the iconic women who have made music history.

Washington, D.C. (August 19, 1920)

In 1920, politicians in Washington, D.C. finally came to their senses and ratified the 19thAmendment, guaranteeing all American women the right to vote. Head over to the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, where you’ll see displays of fine art and artifacts from the women’s suffrage and equal rights movements that commemorate #herstory being made.

Quito, Ecuador (1929)

Fly south to the first South American country that granted women the right to vote (since 1929). At Quito’s Museo Manuela Sáenz, you can get a true understanding of how one woman made a difference and led the drive for independence from Spain. After learning about this trailblazing woman, continue your adventure by hiking the world-class trails surrounding Quito.

Mexico City, Mexico (June 19 – July 2, 1975)

This culturally vibrant city was the site of the UN’s first-ever World Conference on Women in 1975. Be sure to check out the Museo de la Mujer (Museum of Women), which showcases exhibitions, films and workshops about gender equality in Mexico.  Add a visit to the Museo Frida Kahlo to your itinerary, and learn about the Mexican artist who captured the female experience and form in her iconic paintings.