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HONOR A WOMAN

A national initiative celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment

THE INITIATIVE

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the National Archives will launch a nationwide initiative and major exhibition that explores the generations-long fight for universal woman suffrage. Despite decades of marches, petitions, and public debate to enshrine a woman’s right to vote in the Constitution, the 19th Amendment – while an enormous milestone – did not grant voting rights for all. The challenges of its passage reverberate to the ongoing fight for gender equity today. 

What is now considered a key component of citizenship - the right to vote - is often taken for granted, and is not afforded to all through the Constitution. Through this initiative, the National Archives will not only highlight the hard-won victories that stemmed from the Women’s Suffrage movement, but also remind modern-day citizens of their responsibilities associated with the right to vote.

As the steward of our nation’s memory, we will tell the story of the 19th Amendment through a special exhibition in Washington, DC, free public programming, a national traveling exhibition, classroom displays (distributed to nearly 1,600 schools and libraries), educational offerings (for teachers and students, both off and on-line) and digitization of women's records. Several initiative components will specifically shine a spotlight on voting as a civic duty - from revealing the often dire consequences faced by non-voting populations to providing the opportunity to register to vote directly from our Museum.  A non-partisan agency, we encourage all to be “election-ready” and exercise their right to vote.

HIGHLIGHT RECORDS

HONORARY COMMITTEE

Mrs. Melania Trump
Mrs. Michelle Obama
Mrs. Laura Bush
The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton

Mrs. Rosalynn Carter

Secretary Elaine L. Chao
United States Senator Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator Patty Murray
United States Senator Susan Collins
United States Senator Debbie Stabenow
United States Senator Maria Cantwell
United States Senator Lisa Murkowski
United States Senator Amy Klobuchar
United States Senator Claire McCaskill
United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen
United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
United States Senator Mazie K. Hirono
United States Senator Elizabeth Warren
United States Senator Deb Fischer
United States Senator Heidi Heitkamp
United States Senator Tammy Baldwin
United States Senator Joni Ernst
United States Senator Shelley Moore Capito
United States Senator Kamala D. Harris

United States Senator Tammy Duckworth
United States Senator Catherine Cortez Masto
United States Senator Maggie Hassan
United States Senator Tina Smith
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, CA-12
The Honorable Kay Granger, TX-12
The Honorable Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, WA-05
The Honorable Jackie Speier, CA-14
The Honorable Jaime Herrera Beutler, WA-03
The Honorable Susan Brooks, IN-05
The Honorable Lois Frankel, FL-21
The Honorable Martha McSally, AZ-02
The Honorable Madeleine Albright
The Honorable Janet L. Yellen
Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan
Ambassador Fay Hartog-Levin (Ret.)
Ambassador Melanne Verveer (Ret.)
Dr. Carla D. Hayden
Mayor Muriel Bowser

FIRST LADIES

GOVERNMENT

HISTORIANS AND JOURNALISTS

Dr. Jean Baker
A’Lelia Bundles
Dr. Sara Evans
Dr. Tiffany Gill
Dr. Ann D. Gordon
Dr. Elisabeth Griffith
Dr. Marilynn Wood Hill
Dr. Robyn Muncy
Soledad O'Brien
Cokie Roberts
Dr. Mary Ryan
Lynn Sherr
Maria Shriver
Dr. Holly Cowan Shulman
Dr. Marjorie Spruill
Dr. Susan Ware
Dr. Francille Rusan Wilson

NOTABLE LEADERS

Honey B. Alexander
Kathy Calvin
Ava DuVernay

Denise Gwyn Ferguson
Nancy Folger

Michelle Freeman
Melinda Gates
Dr. Fruzsina M. Harsanyi
Susan N. Herman
Sharron L. Hunt
Jo Ann Jenkins
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Mary Lynn Kotz
Zina Kramer
Jacqueline Mars
Mary C. Moynihan
Lucinda Robb
Deborah R. Salzberg
Amanda Sourry
Diana K. Spencer
Dr. Kathryn Sullivan
Linda Watters

"Delegation of officers of the National American Woman Suffrage Association..."
1917 - 1918

"We can do it!"
1942 - 1943

"Riveter at Lockheed Aircraft Corp., Burbank, CA."
1940 - 1945

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THE RIGHTFULLY HERS INITIATIVE IS PRESENTED IN PART BY

The best protection any woman can have ... is courage.

-Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Now all we need is to continue to speak the truth fearlessly, and we shall add to our number those who will turn the scale to the side of equal and full justice in all things.

-Lucy Stone

If women want any rights more than they's got, why don't they just take them, and not be talking about it.

-Sojourner Truth

AMERICAN WOMEN AND THE VOTE

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TRAVELING EXHIBITION

The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world. I am like a snowball – the further I am rolled the more I gain.

-Susan B. Anthony

THE EXHIBITION

From March 2019 through September 2020, the cornerstone of Rightfully Hers will be a major exhibit at the National Archives Museum. The exhibit will reflect the diversity of American women’s experiences and their impact on our history. Drawing on National Archives’ records, it will demonstrate the dynamic involvement of American women across the spectrums of race, ethnicity, and class.

“One Half of the People” is a nationwide traveling exhibition exploring the stories of women’s struggles to achieve full citizenship. From the decades-long campaign for voting rights to expanding social and economic equality through legislation, the exhibition will use Archives facsimiles to illustrate how those before us obtained the rights and privileges of citizenship promised to women today. The traveling show will run through at least January 2020 and stop at more than 15 venues across the country.

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EDUCATION AND PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Throughout the initiative, educational materials for students and teachers will be made available, including specialized teaching activities for school visits in DC, distance learning programs for high school students and teachers, and professional development webinars for educators. Curated lesson plans and curriculum will be disseminated through partners and on the National Archives’ DocsTeach.org.

Free public programs about the suffrage movement and modern issues related to women’s equality today will be presented at Archives facilities and Presidential Libraries around the country. Stay tuned for more information on programs surrounding the movement, held at the National Archives Museum.

I never doubted that equal rights was the right direction. Most reforms, most problems are complicated. But to me, there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality.

-Alice Paul

As part of the Rightfully Hers initiative, a limited number of free pop-up displays will be distributed to 1,600 schools and cultural institutions in all 50 states. The display contains simple messages exploring the sometimes complex history of the 19th amendment’s ratification, women’s voting rights before and after the 19th amendment, and its impact today.

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