*NEW* Revealed: Women’s Fight for the Right to Vote
Revealed: Women’s Fight for the Right to Vote
A 2020-2021 Mahwah Museum Exhibit
OPENING OCTOBER 2020
2020 is the centennial year for the passage of the 19th Amendment winning the right to vote for women. The Mahwah Museum’s newest exhibit, “Revealed: Women’s Fight for the Right to Vote” is a revealing look at the final decade’s toughest battles undertaken by women, several from New Jersey and New York, to win this right.
Suffragists, including New Jersey’s Alice Paul who pushed the boundaries of political and cultural courage, persisted despite arrests, prison terms, hunger strikes and forced-feedings in order to reach their goal. They challenged presidents and statesmen in order to achieve the passage of the 19th Amendment.
Even the final fight for the states’ ratification of the amendment, taking place in Tennessee, was battling back-handed deals of bribery, extortion, free flowing booze, and worst of all, women opposed to suffrage – the southern Anti’s. See this new exhibit for the real story of how the vote was won.
Exhibit Art, “1918” Lithograph by artist Amy Silberkleit is based on collection of hats from the the early 20th century era. The scarf hiding the face of the women (a self portrait) gives reference Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918.