Melania Trump Helps Develop the Women’s Suffrage Memorial on the National Mall with First Lady Jill Biden and Other Former First Ladies

Former First Lady Melania Trump announced Wednesday that she would join the Women’s Suffrage National Memorial Foundation, serving as honorary president alongside First Lady Jill Biden and former First Lady Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and others.

Trump tweeted that he was “honoured to help secure a monument on the National Mall of lasting inspiration to women and future female leaders.”

The Women’s Suffrage National Memorial Foundation was established in 2018. In December 2020, Congress enacted Public Law 116–217, which authorized the construction of every word and charged the foundation to oversee the monument. The memorial will be placed on federal land in Washington, D.C., and “will commemorate the women’s suffrage movement and the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote,” the law’s text reads.

The Foundation is working with the National Park Service, along with other national committees, to help design, fund and place the monument. According to the Foundation, less than 5% of outdoor memorials in the United States tell the stories of women.

The Women’s Suffrage National Memorial is currently to be unveiled in the summer of 2027.

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