Madison County hosting ‘Rightfully Hers’ exhibition

EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County is hosting a national exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote.

Madison County Historical Museum Director Jon Parkin said the popup exhibit “Rightfully Hers” by the National Archives honors the ratification of the amendment giving women the right to vote. It will be on display in the Administration Building, 157 N. Main St., Edwardsville, through Nov. 6.

Parkin said “Rightfully Hers” contains simple messages exploring the history of the ratification of the 19th amendment, women’s voting rights before and after its passing 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,” Parkin said.

He said the challenges of its passage reverberate to the ongoing fight for gender equity today

Co-Curator of “Rightfully Hers,” Jennifer N. Johnson said the ratification of the 19th amendments was a landmark moment in American history that dramatically changed the electorate, and although it enshrined the U.S. Constitution fuller citizenship for women many remained unable to vote.

Additional information on Women’s Suffrage can be accessed at:

https://museum.archives.gov/rightfully-hers.

An online exhibit on “Women’s Suffrage Movement in Madison County” can be found at:

https://madcohistory.org/online-exhibits/womens-suffrage-movement-in-madison-county/.

“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.

PHOTO: Julia Buckmaster, Alton postmaster, notary public, journalist, insurance agent, and American Woman’s League member.

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