Fairfax County Women's Suffrage Exhibits and Events

August 18th, 2020

The Virginia county commemorates its role in the 19th Amendment


Votes for Women sashes, Lucy Burns Museum Image

Fairfax County, Virginia, has a strong connection to the women’s suffrage movement, and several Fairfax County attractions are honoring this event with special suffrage exhibits and events.

For up-to-date information and event details, please visit www.FXVA.com/herstory.

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Suffragists in Washington, D.C.

Lucy Burns Museum

This new museum located on the campus of the Workhouse Arts Center, which once served as the historic Lorton Workhouse prison, tells the story of the 72 members of the National Women’s Party who were once imprisoned at the site after picketing the White House for the right to vote in 1917. The suffragists’ experience at this site marked an important turning point in the women’s suffrage movement and one that ultimately helped secure voting rights for all women in the U.S.

The museum is open for tours on Saturdays from Noon-5p.m. In addition, the museum will also offer a Lucy Burns Treasure Hunt for kids, available after Aug. 18. Watch videos and learn more about the museum at www.workhousearts.org/lucyburnsmuseum. 

Drive-In Thursdays: Bold Women in History Film Series

The Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission and the Workhouse Arts Center are partnering to present a series of films spotlighting the fearless women of history that will play at the Workhouse Arts Center Drive-In Theater every Thursday in August. www.workhousearts.org.

Suffrage Art Exhibition

Inside the Muse Gallery at the Workhouse Arts Center, visitors can explore various mixed media artworks by award-winning artist Julia Dzikiewicz related to the women’s suffrage movement. For those not ready to venture out, this show will be available virtually as well. The gallery is open Friday through Sunday, Noon-5 p.m. www.workhousearts.org.

“Marching from Suffrage Toward Equality” Live Webinar

The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association will be celebrating with a live webinar on Women’s Equality Day, Aug. 26, to discuss the past, present, and future of women’s equality. Special guests include Carly Fiorina, Elisabeth Griffith, and the Honorable Victoria A. Lipnic. Register for the webinar and watch the videos at www.suffragistmemorial.org.

Pop-Up Exhibitions & History Talks

In the City of Fairfax, visitors can stop by the Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center to see the traveling exhibition, “We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia,” on loan from The Library of Virginia through Sept. 7. A pop-up exhibit from the National Archives will follow, detailing the national story of the women’s suffrage movement. In September, several History Talks will explore various topics related to the movement. www.fairfaxva.gov

To learn more about Fairfax County’s connection to the women’s suffrage movement, and to hear other stories of forward-thinking women in the county’s past and interesting perspectives from local young women who were inspired by their stories, visit www.FXVA.com/herstory.

For more on the Women’s Vote Centennial, visit www.womensvote100.org.

Read more Boomer women’s suffrage content at, Virginia Suffragists Battled for the Ballot Box and Shortcomings and Progress in the Vote.

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