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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, will be joined by contemporary collections as the curators seek to display campaign ephemera from all 131 women sitting in Congress when the nation recognizes the centennial of ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment this August.


This website is based on an exhibition that opened at the National Museum of American History in March 2020. Objects pictured here may differ from those currently on view at the museum.