Past Exhibits

Rightfully Hers

women with banners and a fire in a urn stand outside the White House

A National Woman’s Party “watchfire” outside of the White House, January 1910. Image courtesy of The Library of Congress.

Rightfully Hers is a pop-up exhibit from the National Archives commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Rightfully Hers contains simple messages exploring the history of the ratification of the 19th amendment, women’s voting rights before and after the 19th, and its impact today. Despite decades of marches, petitions, and public debate to enshrine a woman’s right to vote in the constitution, the 19th Amendment – while an enormous milestone – did not grant voting rights for all. The challenges of its passage reverberate to the ongoing fight for gender equity today.

Rightfully Hers is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the National Archives has launched a nationwide initiative and major exhibition that explores the generations-long fight for universal woman suffrage. The exhibition is presented in part by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission and the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, Carl M. Freeman Foundation in honor of Virginia Allen Freeman, AARP, and Denise Gwyn Ferguson.

The exhibit will be up through December 2020.

Want to know more about Geneva and the suffrage movement? Enjoy blog articles about the 1907 New York Woman Suffrage Association’s convention held at the First Baptist Church, famous suffrage leaders who visited Geneva, and Geneva’s role in the movement.  Explore Elizabeth and Anne Miller’s scrapbooks at the Library of Congress.