The story of women’s suffrage is a story of voting rights, of inclusion in and exclusion from the franchise, and of our civic development as a nation. Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence, a poster exhibition from the Smithsonian, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment and explores the complexity of the women’s suffrage movement and the relevance of this history to Americans’ lives today. With supplementary posters and artifacts, the exhibition at the Tallahassee Museum further explores the pioneers and crusaders that fought for suffrage and human rights not only on a national scale, but also in their home state of Florida.
This exhibition addresses women’s political activism, explores the racism that challenged universal rights, and documents the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, which prohibits the government from denying U.S. citizens the right to vote on the basis of sex. It also touches upon the Equal Rights Amendment, Civil Rights Amendment, and their relevance to current conversations on rights across America.
On exhibit through May 2, 2021.