Washington, DC is a city in The Handmaid's Tale. It is the capital of Gilead where the head of the regime resides, and it was the capital of the United States of America prior to the Gilead takeover.
In the PastEdit
Washington, DC is not mentioned in the story prior to the terrorist attacks.
see President's Day Massacre (main article)
After the TakeoverEdit
The Washington Monument is converted from an obelisk to a massive cross. The former Union Station was destroyed "for the glory of Gilead" and rebuilt since it "was designed by a heretic" according to Aunt Lydia. The statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial had its top half blasted off with only his fist and feet still intact . The commemorative text behind it was chiseled off completely.
Present: Season ThreeEdit
After confronting Serena Joy for betraying her over Nichole, June visits the Lincoln Memorial where the statue of Abraham Lincoln has been beheaded. She touches her head against the desecrated statue staring at it before donning her cap and mask.