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This website is based on an exhibition that was on view at the National Museum of American History from March 2020 to January 2022.


Spanning the early days of the woman suffrage movement through to the present-day fights for women’s rights, Creating Icons: How We Remember Woman Suffrage shares stories of the fight to get women the vote. Some of the activists highlighted here were upheld in the history of the movement; others were excluded. Together their stories reveal a history that goes beyond who can cast a ballot to examine the impact of who we uplift as icons and how we remember as a nation.

Woman suffragists picketing the White House, 1917

Woman suffragists picketing the White House, 1917

Courtesy of Library of Congress

Members of the Colored Women’s Voters League, Georgia, 1920

Members of the Colored Women’s Voters League, Georgia, 1920

Courtesy of Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of The New York Public Library

More than 60 artifacts, including busts of suffrage leaders and a six-foot-tall portrait of Susan B. Anthony, were joined by contemporary collections in a display of campaign ephemera from all 131 women sitting in Congress when the nation recognized the centennial of ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in August 2020.