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Agents of Change: Female Activism in Virginia from Women’s Suffrage to Today

Equal Suffrage League of Richmond at Capitol Square (Richmond, Virginia), 1915 (2002.225.1). Gift of Adele Clark.

The passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920 radically re-defined the meaning of American democracy by banning gender-based restrictions on voting. This landmark legislation marked the culmination of a concerted fight for women’s suffrage and heralded a new age of female participation in American civic life.

Organized in conjunction with the statewide Women’s Suffrage Centennial, this exhibition featuring artifacts from the museum’s vast collections and new acquisitions made through a major collecting initiative, celebrates a century of women’s social and political activism in the Commonwealth. Highlighting the efforts and impact of a selection of female change-makers these women brought about positive change in their communities, the Commonwealth, and the nation. They also created new models of female empowerment and new opportunities for women—ultimately fostering a more inclusive and equal society.


Is there a woman whose activism has inspired you? 
The VMHC is collecting stories and items that celebrate Virginia women as drivers of change. Share your stories and items here.

Exhibition Information

Sat Mar 7 2020, 10:00amSun Sep 27 2020, 5:00pm
Daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
In Stern Family Gallery

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"Votes for Women" Tray
Eye-catching and entertaining, this mug is guaranteed to bring smiles to any morning coffee routine.
"Well-behaved Women Seldom Make History" Mug
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Changing History: Virginia Women Through Four Centuries book
This engaging nonfiction book, complete with black-and-white interior illustrations, covers everything from the history of women's rights in the U.S. to women's suffrage movements across the world.
Women's Suffrage: Blast Back! book