Based on a 1910 essay written by Jane Addams, this exhibition explores the widespread grassroots national movement organized by American women demanding the right to vote and to be recognized as full citizens in the United States. As we approach the 2020 Centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution and look towards the 2020 presidential election, we reflect on questions of women’s leadership, electoral power, voice, racism within women’s movements and women’s power to impact civic affairs.

Jane Addams Essay “Why WOmen Should Vote“ publish in Ladies Home Journal 1910.

Jane Addams Essay “Why WOmen Should Vote“ publish in Ladies Home Journal 1910.

Jane Addams, seated in back on the left of the image, demonstrates with REPUBLICAN convention delegates during the 1912 Republican Party convention in chicago. The banner on the car reads, “VOtes for women“

Jane Addams, seated in back on the left of the image, demonstrates with REPUBLICAN convention delegates during the 1912 Republican Party convention in chicago. The banner on the car reads, “VOtes for women“

Ida B. Wells Barnett marching in washington D.C. suffrage parade, 1913.

Ida B. Wells Barnett marching in washington D.C. suffrage parade, 1913.