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Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence

Karshan Center of Graphic Art
Open August 20, 2020 through November 22, 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 broadens our 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 touches upon the suffrage movement's relevance to current conversations on voting and voting rights across America.