The Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote

By Annie Tobey | May 19th, 2020

A year of remembering

Women celebrating women's right to vote

This year marks the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment recognizing women’s right to vote, and local and regional museums are commemorating the milestone. Although museums may still be closed as you read this, some offer virtual online alternatives.

  • “Agents of Change: Female Activism in Virginia from Women’s Suffrage to Today,” Virginia Museum of History & Culture. Through Sept. 27. Go to in Virtual Tours to explore the exhibition online.
  • We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia,” Library of Virginia. Through Dec. 5. Read the Broadsides article about the exhibit at, 2019, No. 4.
  • “#BallotBattle: Richmond’s Social Struggle for Suffrage,” The Valentine. Through Sept. 7.
  • Exhibit honoring the 19th Amendment, The Ashland Museum, Ashland. Ongoing.
  • The Lucy Burns Museum, Lorton, where suffragists were imprisoned for picketing the White House. Multiple videos and images along with informative articles available at
  • “We the Women: 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in Lynchburg, Virginia,” highlighting Lynchburg’s two leading suffragists and African American activists who fought for suffrage and against Jim Crow. Through March 2021. Agents of Change: Female Activism in Virginia from Women’s Suffrage to Today, through May 23. The Lynchburg Museum, Lynchburg.
  • Suffragists Centennial Ride and Extravaganza. Cross-country motorcycle ride, July 31-Aug. 23, from the West Coast to D.C.

D.C. Commemorates: Women’s Suffrage Centennial.

  • Library of Congress: “Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote,” through September 2020. Images and information online.
  • Smithsonian online resource: “Because of Her Story,” ongoing, plus online information.
  • Smithsonian National Museum of American History: “All Work, No Pay,” ongoing. Videos and educators’ guides online.
  • National Archives: “Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote,” through Jan. 3, 2021. Videos, timeline, images and lots of online information on suffrage and other women’s topics.

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