Rightfully Yours – Youth Art Competition

As the National Archives celebrates the centennial of women’s suffrage through its Rightfully Hers exhibit, this youth competition (for students in grades 4, 5 and 6) will honor the milestone achievement while encouraging young people to think about what the 19th Amendment and the path to Universal Suffrage means to them.

Our Grand Prize winner will receive a trip to our National Archives Sleepover and all winners will receive free gifts from the National Archives Store and may even have their artwork incorporated into 19th Amendment inspired products!


Enter today for a chance to win a free trip, including travel, to the National Archives for our Spring 2020 Sleepover!

THEME: Create a visual piece of artwork that answers the question: What does the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote mean to you and your community? This question asks you to dig into the rich history of the women’s movement, analyze the textual and visual evidence available to you, and draw your own conclusions about what the 19th Amendment means to them. In what ways did the suffragists fail? In what ways did they succeed? Who was left out of this monumental historical moment? History is not all black and white – this contest asks you to color the past as you see it, or as it relates to you.

Need inspiration? Want to learn more about the movement? Visit DocsTeach today and get ready to create your artwork!


  • – Illustrate this theme by creating a two-dimensional piece of art. Examples include: paintings, drawings, collages (materials must not extend more than 2 inches from the surface), chalk work, pastels, and photography
  • – Artwork must not exceed 36”X 24”
  • – All submissions must be a completely original artwork created by the contestant
  • – NO group projects will be accepted
  • – Images traced with the use of a projector or other mechanical means are prohibited
  • – Artwork must be generated by hand. Computer generated Artwork will not be accepted
  • – The Artwork must not be signed on the front


  • – Contestants must be a student in grade 4, 5 or 6 as of Fall 2019
  • – Contestants must have an adult sponsor to enter the competition. A signed sponsor consent form must be submitted with the application
  • – Each contestant will send a digital photograph of their artwork for submission to the National Archives Foundation
  • – Each contestant will also submit a description in 150 words or less


Submissions close November 5, 2019 and winners will be chosen in December. Want to learn how contestants will be judged? Check out our full rubric for more info!

Presented in conjunction with our exhibition: Rightfully Hers: American Women and the VoteRightfully Hers is made possible 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. Additional support for National Outreach and Programs provided by Denise Gwyn Ferguson, BMO Financial Group, Hearst Foundations, Maris S. Cuneo Foundation, FedEx, Bernstein Family Foundation, and The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation/Ambassador Fay-Hartog Levin (Ret.).

Questions? Contact Taylor Collison at taylor.collison@archivesfoundation.org for more information.