It was 100 years ago, on August 18, 1920, that the 19th Amendment was ratified and women’s suffrage reached a monumental turning point. The long-fought-for legal guarantee of women’s right to vote was celebrated, although many continued to face barriers on the way to the polls. Important milestones to come included the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The History Museum is commemorating the 100th anniversary with Votes for Women, on view August 15, 2020 - March 21, 2021. The exhibit explores women's suffrage and celebrates local women who have contributed to the growth of the South Bend region, making a positive difference in the community we know today.
The exhibit also features the traveling exhibit Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence, organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery. This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.
For more information, please visit https://historymuseumsb.org/