By: Lake Hopatcong Foundation
This past week commemorated the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment, with the certification of the Amendment occurring on August 26, 1920. To celebrate this centennial of women’s suffrage in the U.S., a Smithsonian poster exhibition, Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence, will be on display at the Lake Hopatcong Foundation Environmental & Cultural Center from Wednesday, August 26 to Friday, August 28, from 4 - 7 pm, and on Saturday, August 29, from 10 am - 1 pm.
The exhibit is free and open to the public, though donations are gratefully accepted. The exhibit is planned for display in the center's vestibule for one person/household at a time. Weather permitting, the display will be moved outside. Masks will be required. Please note, restrooms will not be available.
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.
The crusade for women's suffrage is one of the longest reform movements in American history. Between 1832 and 1920, women citizens organized for the right to vote, agitating first in their states or territories and also, simultaneously, through petitioning for a federal amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Based on the National Portrait Gallery exhibition of the same name, Votes for Women seeks to expand visitors’ understanding of the suffrage movement in the United States. The poster exhibition addresses women's political activism, explores the racism that challenged universal suffrage, 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 gender. It also touches upon the suffrage movement's relevance to current conversations on voting and voting rights across America.
Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery. This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.
The Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story, is one of the country’s most ambitious undertakings to research, collect, document display and share the compelling story of women. It will deepen our understanding of women’s contributions to the nation and the world. More information about the initiative is available at womenshistory.si.edu.