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The Clinton House Museum has a new exhibit in house to commemorate the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment. Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence is a Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service poster exhibition. 

We invite you to a special exhibition exploring the centennial of women’s suffrage in the U. S. Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence is a compelling exploration of the women’s suffrage movement and its relevance to Americans’ lives today. On view September 10 to December 4, 2020, This poster exhibition is brought to you courtesy of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative

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 celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment. 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. 

The Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story, is one of the 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

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