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'Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote'
From: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
The new exhibition, Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote, will tell the story of the long campaign for womens suffrage considered the largest reform movement in American history which lasted more than seven decades. The struggle was not for the fainthearted. For years, determined women organized, lobbied, paraded, petitioned, lectured, picketed and faced imprisonment.
The exhibition draws from the Librarys extensive collections of personal papers and organizational records of such figures as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mary Church Terrell, Carrie Chapman Catt, the National Womans Party, the National American Woman Suffrage Association and others. Documents, images, video and audio recordings will trace the movement leading to the womens rights convention at Seneca Falls, the contributions of suffragists who worked to persuade women that they deserved the same rights as men, the divergent political strategies and internal divisions they overcame, the push for a federal womens suffrage amendment and the legacy of this movement.
Shall Not Be Denied is part of the national commemoration of the 100th anniversary of womens suffrage, marking major milestones in 2019 and 2020. The exhibition will open on the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Senates passage of the suffrage amendment that would become the 19th amendment to the Constitution once ratification by the states was certified on Aug. 26, 1920.