We are very proud to be a co-sponsor of this exhibit, "Their Rigjhts and Nothing Less: Commenorating the 90th Anniversary of Women's Sufferage"Â at Heritage Square Museum:
Opening ReceptionÂ is Saturday June 19, (Heritage Square members remember to RSVP for Saturday's opening reception (hosted by Panera Bread) by calling (323) 225-2700 ext. 223. The reception is from 4 to 6:30 PM.
As the only museum in Southern California commemorating this momentous anniversary, we hope everyone will visit the museum to learn about the early years of the suffrage movement, the philosophies and attitudes of the times and the individual stories that made the fight for women's equality so interesting.
A special section of the exhibit will be dedicated entirely to the efforts of women in Los Angeles, who led the fight for equality 9 years before its ratification at the National level. You can find a brief desciption of one of the women featured in the exhibit on the Heritage Sqaure Museum blog.
The year 2010 marks the 90th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution giving women the right to vote. More accurately, the language does not reference women in the affirmative; what it does is not deny the right to vote based upon gender.â€œThe 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. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.â€ The 19th Amendment was ratified August 18, 1920 by Tennessee, by a one-vote margin.
Of course, the fight for womenâ€™s rights began much, much earlier. In 1792, AVindication of the Rights of Woman: With Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects was published by Mary Wollstonecraft, which responded to an issue even more basic and immediate than voting rightsâ€”the rightâ€”indeed the necessity for women to receive an education. Although almost inconceivable to think of now, this was considered a radical position which provoked a dramatic, although not necessarily negative, response. Starting with this simple idea, women have been fighting for equal rights ever since.
Curated by Mitzi March Mogul, Their Rights and Nothing Less will take a critical look at the incredible effort it took to gain that right and will include original artifacts from the early years of the struggle. Including ephemera and artifacts from a never-before-seen private collection, the exhibit is a must for every woman...and man.
Entrance is included with museum admission (free for members, $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children 12 and under). Visit any Friday, Saturday orSunday between 12 pm and 4 pm. The exhibit is up through September 26th.
The exhibit runs through September 26th and is made possible thanks to sponsors Bob Taylor Properties, Planned Parenthood of Pasadena, 9 to 5 Working Women Los Angeles, the Glendale Printing Center. You can also become a Friend of Suffrage byÂ making a donation in any amount through our new facebook cause page to support the exhibit Their Rights and Nothing Less: A Celebration of Women's Suffrage.