New Exhibit “Rightfully Hers” Explores History of Women’s Suffrage

Rightfully Hers

Rightfully Hers exhibit on display in Dunbar Library first floor lobby, alumni case.

Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University Libraries, is excited to host a new popup exhibition from the National ArchivesRightfully Hers, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Rightfully Hers contains simple messages exploring the history of the ratification of the 19th amendment, women’s voting rights before and after the 19th, and its impact today. Despite decades of marches, petitions, and public debate to enshrine a woman’s right to vote in the constitution, the 19th Amendment – while an enormous milestone – did not grant voting rights for all. The challenges of its passage reverberate to the ongoing fight for gender equity today.  This exhibit runs through at least December 2020. 

Rightfully Hers co-curator Jennifer N. Johnson states:

“The ratification of the 19th Amendment was a landmark moment in American history that dramatically changed the electorate, and although it enshrined in the U.S. Constitution fuller citizenship for women many remained unable to vote.”

The exhibition is on display on the first floor lobby of the Dunbar Library, in the Alumni Case, and can therefore be viewed any time during Dunbar Library open hours. Admission is free and open to the public (view map, directions & parking information). No appointment is needed to view the exhibit; however, due to COVID-19, face coverings are required to be worn at all times on Wright State’s campus (view current WSU health & safety protocols). For questions about visiting this exhibit or about Special Collections & Archives, please Ask an Archivist.

For additional information about the Rightfully Hers exhibit, including an online version of the exhibit, as well as teaching resources, please visit https://museum.archives.gov/rightfully-hers.

Rightfully Hers is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the National Archives has launched a nationwide initiative and major exhibition that explores the generations-long fight for universal woman suffrage. The exhibition is presented in part by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission and the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, Carl M. Freeman Foundation in honor of Virginia Allen Freeman, AARP, and Denise Gwyn Ferguson.

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