History Fort Lauderdale explores the 19th Amendment
History Fort Lauderdale's Rightfully Hers commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment
History Fort Lauderdale’s newest exhibit is all about her—her being the women who gained the right to vote with the 19th Amendment ratified on Aug. 18, 1920. Its new exhibit Rightfully Hers explores the history of women’s voting rights before and after the 19th amendment, and its impact today.
The pop-up exhibit from the National Archives and Records Administration explores how women fought for the right to vote and the impact of the 19th Amendment. The exhibit also covers the struggle for women’s voting rights that continued in the country, especially the Jim Crow South where women of color did not have full voting rights and protections until the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
“History Fort Lauderdale is committed to presenting significant and culturally relevant stories like Rightfully Hers that shape our great city,” said Patricia Zeiler, executive director of History Fort Lauderdale. “When we look at the extraordinary and impactful female leadership in office, today, it’s substantial to recognize how far we’ve come and how far we still need to go to ensure gender equality. We invite visitors of all ages to view this historical time capsule detailing the relentless struggle of diverse activists throughout U.S. history to secure voting rights for all American women.”
Visitors interested in exploring the exhibit and educating themselves on women’s suffrage can visit its website to find exhibit photos and a 20-minute presentation of History Fort Lauderdale’s “Women’s Suffrage Centennial” (held in April 2020) by museum curator Tara Chadwick.
The exhibit runs Aug. 3-31 at The New River Inn (231 SW Second Ave.). to purchase tickets, click here.
Pictured above: An image from the Rightfully Hers exhibit in which an unidentified participant raises her hand in support of a speaker during a march around the State Capitol to mark International Women’s Day at Denver, Colorado, on March 8, 2017. Courtesy of the Associated Press