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Series Highlights Capitol Women

On Wednesdays in August, throw your lunch into a paper bag and head to the U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s Brown Bag Capitol Women lecture series, co-sponsored by the Sewall-Belmont House.

Each Wednesday will feature a different speaker. First up on Aug. 3 is Roberta Ferguson, program coordinator for the National Women’s History Project and an organizer for the Women’s Equality Day conference in Philadelphia. She will discuss stories of suffrage and Equal Rights Amendment lobbying.

In addition to the noontime lectures, the Capitol Women series will include book signings and a Women’s History Tour of the Capitol, with stops at the Supreme Court and the Sewall-Belmont House.

ABC News’ Cokie Roberts will talk Aug. 9 about her recent publication “Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation,” and a book signing will follow. And Robert Cooney of the National Women’s History Project on Aug. 24 will sign copies of his book “Winning the Vote: A Photographic and Documentary History.” Both events begin at 6 p.m. at the Sewall-Belmont House, 144 Constitution Ave. NE.

The Women’s History Tour will be led by Carol Bessette, a USCHS supporter, and former Rep. Cathy Long (D-La.). It will begin at 10 a.m. on Aug. 4, and while the tour is free, reservations are required because space is limited.

The brown bag lectures will be held in the VFW Building’s Ketchum Hall at 200 Maryland Ave. NE. The talks, which are free and open to the public, will begin at noon. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches, and reservations are suggested. For more information, visit or call (202) 543-8919.

— Jennifer Lash