In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment which gave women the right to vote, the Smithsonian has developed Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence. This detailed poster exhibition explores the complexity of the women's suffrage movement and the relevance of its history to Americans' lives today. The exhibition is on display at the Salem Museum through November 28, 2020.
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.
Based on the National Portrait Gallery exhibition of the same name, Votes for Women 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. The exhibition also touches on the suffrage movement's relevance to current conversations around voting and voting rights across America today.