DEPARTMENT STORE DAYS
“All women love shopping” a cliché if there ever was one, that haunts half the population to this day. However, like many stereotypes it oversimplifies a misunderstood truth. Shopping was a place for women to find a modicum of freedom from the male dominated world.
This nexus of classes and commerce allowed for women to casually socialize in chance meetings and exercise the power of economics often unavailable to them in regimented day to day lives. Here in Washington DC, many of the largest department stores were situated between the White House and the United States Capitol Building.
As we walk these streets strewn with the ghosts and skeletons of these iconic buildings, we’ll discuss the way a simple trip to the store was in fact so much more.
This is an outdoor walking tour of historic department stores (some torn down and some repurposed). There will be approximately 8 stops along Pennsylvania NW and in downtown DC.