This month we mark the anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. It was passed on June 4, 1919 and ratified August 18, 1920. It states:
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Sadly, it still disenfranchised others despite the tenants of the original suffrage movement.
The MMA and Nantucket had hoped to mark this historical event but due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic a damper was placed on many events but several have noted it in different ways – maybe not with the fanfare that we had hoped.
There are online exhibits and other websites and entities across the United States that have been finding ways to mark the occasion. I will leave you with two items for you to begin to delve more deeply.
The National Archives Museum: “Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote.”
And the National Collaborative of Women’s History Sites (of which we are a member) where they are working on a “Votes for Women Trail.”
For quite a few years now, the Mitchell House has been a member of the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS). The NCWHS’s mission is to support and promote “the preservation and interpretation of sites and locales that bear witness to women’s participation in American life. The Collaborative makes women’s contributions to history visible so that all women’s experiences and potential are fully valued.”
Other members of NCWHS includes the Alice Paul Institute, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Clara Barton National Historic Site, Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Pearl S. Buck Historic House and Site, and the National Women’s History Project to name a few. A guide book to the various member sites was published a few years ago and the NCWHS just featured the Mitchell House on its homepage this month. Take a look at the feature – www.ncwhs.org – and also take some time to learn more about this wonderful collaborative effort on behalf of women’s history sites – because all historical sites have women’s history! – because this week marks the anniversary of the first women’s right conference at Seneca Falls.