Illuminating the seventy-year struggle for women’s suffrage—the largest reform movement in U.S. history—through artifacts, documents, and items from the personal collections of the suffragists who championed equality.
When first entering the exhibit, visitors are confronted by tall, looming walls—representing the social-structural barriers that suffragists encountered—and a film that features women speaking about the struggle to secure the right to vote as part of a larger project to achieve equality. The walls along both sides of the gallery define a “street” that cuts through the exhibition. As visitors continue to walk through the exhibition and the chronological narrative advances, the walls shorten to reflect their victories. Eventually the walls open out into a large plaza in the back of the gallery. Here, a wall displays the Nineteenth Amendment and a video that showcases the accomplishments of women in politics and civic society.