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: Female Activism in Virginia from Women’s Suffrage to Today 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.
Agents of Change Traveling Exhibition Schedule
02/28/22 - 04/11/22: The Steward School, Richmond, Virginia
04/18/22 - 05/30/22: Staunton River Memorial Library, Altavista, Virginia
06/06/22 - 07/18/22: [PENDING RESERVATION]
07/25/22 - 09/05/22: [OPEN]
09/12/22 - 10/24/22: Montgomery Museum of Art & History (MMAH), Christiansburg, Virginia
10/31/22 - 12/12/22: [OPEN]
12/19/22 - 01/23/23: [OPEN]
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