Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote

Friday, May 10, 2019 - Sunday, January 3, 2021
Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery

Location and Hours

National Archives Museum
Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery
Friday, May 10, 2019 - Sunday, January 3, 2021

Open every day, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Admission is always free.
701 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20408
 

About the Exhibit

Most Americans consider the ability to vote fundamental to the enjoyment of full citizenship. American women, however, were long denied that right. In 1920, American democracy dramatically expanded when the newly ratified 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibited the states from denying the vote on the basis of sex. 

This landmark voting rights victory was made possible by decades of suffragists’ persistent political engagement, and yet it is just one critical milestone in women’s battle for the vote. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote highlights the relentless struggle of diverse activists throughout U.S. history to secure voting rights for all American women.

 

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Featured Documents

 

Traveling Exhibit

 

About the Traveling Exhibit

One Half of the People: Advancing Equality for Women

When our Constitution was written, it was silent on women. Excluded from most of the rights and privileges of citizenship women operated in limited and rigid roles while enslaved women were excluded from all. Yet women have actively participated as citizens—organizing, marching, petitioning—since the founding of our country. Sometimes quietly, and sometimes with a roar, women’s roles and the opening words of the Constitution “We, the People” have been redefined.

 

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Documents and Photos from the Traveling Exhibit

 

Rightfully Hers Pop-Up Display

 

About the Pop-Up Display

Rightfully Hers Pop-up Exhibit

The ratification of the 19th Amendment was a landmark moment in American history that dramatically changed the electorate. It enshrined in the United States Constitution fuller citizenship for women and a more expansive democracy for the nation. This pop-up display contains simple messages about the expansion of the vote to millions of women, before and after the 19th amendment, and its impact today.  An educational tool for teaching about American government, the engaging and interpretative display is lightweight, easy to set-up, and requires no tools or walls. All of the 1600 available pop-up units have already been requested, but venues can download high-resolution poster versions here:

 

Credits

 

Exhibit Credits

Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote was created by the exhibits staff at the National Archives Museum and presented in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, Carl M. Freeman Foundation in honor of Virginia Allen Freeman, AARP, AT&T, Ford Motor Company Fund, Facebook, Barbara Lee Family Foundation Fund at the Boston Foundation, Google, HISTORY ®, and Jacqueline B. Mars.

One Half of the People: Advancing Equality for Women is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration, and managed by the National Archives Traveling Exhibits Services (NATES). This exhibition was developed in collaboration with the National Archives' Rightfully Hers National Outreach Initiative to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. It is presented in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, Carl M. Freeman Foundation in honor of Virginia Allen Freeman, and AARP. Additional support provided by AT&T, Facebook, and FedEx.

The Rightfully Hers Pop-up Display was created by the National Archives and is presented in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, Carl M. Freeman Foundation in honor of Virginia Allen Freeman, AARP, and Denise Gwyn Ferguson.

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