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Women’s history is everywhere in Washington, if curious locals and adventurous tourists know where to look. As the District of Columbia evolved into one of the world’s top tourist destinations, women emerged as pioneers and a town created to house the federal government matured into a gilded city affluent in feminist culture. Historic houses, hidden alleyways, and neighborhood parks stand as memorials to America’s founding mothers who built the nation’s capital.
This book records the legacies of these women and encourages readers to explore their names on headstones, street signs, and buildings, while also discovering where hidden history is unmarked. Rising from a strong foundation, modern DC women have continued to nurture the legacy of their foremothers as chefs, artists, athletes, philanthropists, politicians, and entrepreneurs.
Most notable are the stories of collaboration in which these women flout the myth that nothing gets accomplished in Washington. Feminism in the city is fueled by the creativity, leadership, and fortitude of local women, each with a personal experience that is uniquely special. While no story is the same, the themes of preservation and progress are weaved throughout this book as a reminder; her story is history and it is still being written.
LOCAL TOUR GUIDES AUTHOR NEW TRAVEL GUIDEBOOK, “111 PLACES IN WOMEN’S HISTORY IN WASHINGTON THAT YOU MUST NOT MISS”
[WASHINGTON, DC June 22, 2021] Two public historians with local tour company, A Tour of Her Own (TOHO), are proud to announce their latest project – a new guidebook titled 111 Places in Women’s History in Washington That You Must Not Miss. Washington, DC is fueled by the creativity, leadership, and fortitude of women. Co-authors and local tour guides Kaitlin Calogera and Rebecca Grawl bring those stories to life as they reveal the compelling secrets and wondrous contributions of women in DC, with vibrant photographs by internationally recognized local photographer Cynthia Schiavetto Staliunas.
Women’s history is everywhere in Washington, DC, but it’s often hidden in plain sight or simply lost over time. Nonetheless, the influence of women is unmistakable, and it is everywhere in the city, if one knows where to look. 111 Places in Women’s History in Washington That You Must Not Miss reveals the real women of the past, present, and future, who have shaped this city and the nation. Part of the popular international 111 Places/111 Shops series, this book is geared for locals and experienced travelers as well as a natural extension of the work begun by the A Tour of Her Own team since its founding in 2018.
The DC-based tour company was started by local tour guide, Kaitlin Calogera after years of seeing a lack of women’s representation in history. Her mission as President of TOHO is to elevate women’s stories into a more prominent place in American history and culture. “Our vision is to create a sustainable culture of women’s tourism in Washington, DC and beyond. This book has expanded our opportunities to collaborate with other professionals and offer a more dynamic style of tourism that goes beyond traditional sightseeing.“
Calogera authored the book with TOHO’s Vice President of Education, Rebecca Grawl. Rebecca shares that “this book was the perfect next step for us, especially given how the pandemic disrupted the tourism industry and our livelihoods. We wanted to take what we love doing – storytelling and bringing women’s history to the forefront of the conversation – but bring it to a broader audience and empower readers to carry these remarkable stories into their homes and lives.” The duo was joined by fine art and destination photographer Cynthia Schiavetto Staliunas, who brought this city and its less-documented women’s history to life. Her stunning photography captures the city’s feminist culture – as reflected in the food, art, and architecture that makes DC famous.
Women’s history is everyone’s history. This city guidebook lifts generations of American stories to the surface while also presenting the current landscape of tourism in the nation’s capital. A sneak peek into the authors foreword shares some insight: “With pride, we showcased sites that would express the character and legacy of our capital city. With respect, we wrote stories that would honor women who broke ceilings and crawled on glass for us. It is our pleasure to share with you our deep appreciation for women’s history in Washington, DC.”