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

Content: 8 double-sided pull-up banner units

Size: Approximately 600 square feet for comfortable viewing on all sides

Loan Period: 6 weeks

Rental Fee: Free

Availability: Refer to itinerary

In 1920, the United States ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote. This milestone event was the culmination of a 70-year-long struggle for female suffrage, and it ushered in a new age of women's civic activism. With the vote, women gained greater power to effect change in American society.

Over the ensuing century, women expanded their fight for equality beyond the ballot box to other arenas, including educational institutions, professional opportunities, and social justice issues. And the battle against persistent sexism and gender-based disparities continues today.

Agents of Change explores the legacy of women’s suffrage in Virginia from 1920 to 2020 through a diverse selection of female changemakers—women who worked to change their communities, the Commonwealth, and the country. Their stories underscore the importance of civic engagement in a democracy, as well as the power of individuals to create a better world. 

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Veronica Blanco
Exhibit Technician
Phone: 804.340.2273
E-mail: vblanco@VirginiaHistory.org
Address: Virginia Museum of History & Culture
P.O. Box 7311, Richmond, Virginia, 23221

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Agents of Change Traveling Exhibition on full display in the VMHC lobby
Agents of Change Traveling Exhibition on full display in the VMHC lobby during Election Day on November 3rd, 2020
Sepia-toned group photo of the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia at the Virginia State Capitol in February 1915. Adèle Clark is at the far left. Enter Fullscreen More information
Equal Suffrage League of Virginia at the Virginia State Capitol, February 1915
Equal Suffrage League of Virginia at the Virginia State Capitol (Adèle Clark at far left), February 1915 VMHC, Gift of Adèle Clark
Image of yellow, two-tailed flag on a wooden pole that says "Votes for Women" Enter Fullscreen More information
“Votes for Women” suffrage flag, about 1912
“Votes for Women” suffrage flag, about 1912 VMHC
Vintage photograph portrait of Dr. Zenobia Gilpin leaning on her hand Enter Fullscreen More information
Photograph of Dr. Zenobia Gilpin
Photograph of Dr. Zenobia Gilpin VMHC
Image of Dr. Zenobia Gilpin's black and silver microscope from 1938 Enter Fullscreen More information
Dr. Zenobia Gilpin’s microscope, 1938
Dr. Zenobia Gilpin’s microscope, 1938 Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia
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Chief Anne Richardson’s buckskin dress and leggings, late 20th century
Chief Anne Richardson’s buckskin dress and leggings, late 20th century Chief Anne Richardson
Hand-painted protest sign for the Women's March in Washington, DC on January 21, 2017. Has a blue background with diverse faces of women with "WE ARE AMERICA" displayed in the middle alongside a female symbol Enter Fullscreen More information
Protest sign for the Women’s March, Washington, DC, January 21, 2017
Protest sign for the Women’s March, Washington, DC, January 21, 2017 VMHC, Gift of Suzanne Summers LaPierre
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Pussyhat knit by Ryan Norris for the Women’s March in Washington, DC, January 21, 2017
Pussyhat knit by Ryan Norris for the Women’s March in Washington, DC, January 21, 2017 VMHC, Gift of Alyssa Murray
Image of the Agents of Change traveling exhibition banners set up in the lobby of the Virginia Museum of History and Culture (VMHC)
Agents of Change Traveling Exhibition on f
Sepia-toned group photo of the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia at the Virginia State Capitol in February 1915. Adèle Clark is at the far left.
Equal Suffrage League of Virginia at the V
Image of yellow, two-tailed flag on a wooden pole that says "Votes for Women"
“Votes for Women” suffrage flag, about 191
Vintage photograph portrait of Dr. Zenobia Gilpin leaning on her hand
Photograph of Dr. Zenobia Gilpin
Image of Dr. Zenobia Gilpin's black and silver microscope from 1938
Dr. Zenobia Gilpin’s microscope, 1938
Image of Chief Anne Richardson’s tan buckskin dress and leggings from the late 20th century, displayed on a mannequin
Chief Anne Richardson’s buckskin dress and
Hand-painted protest sign for the Women's March in Washington, DC on January 21, 2017. Has a blue background with diverse faces of women with "WE ARE AMERICA" displayed in the middle alongside a female symbol
Protest sign for the Women’s March, Washin
Image of a pink pussyhat knit created by Ryan Norris for the Women's March in Washington, DC on January 21, 2017
Pussyhat knit by Ryan Norris for the Women

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