Special Collections Spotlight

newspaper photo of suffrage era voting of women placing ballots in ballot box
portrait of a woman from the suffrage era

100 Years of Progress: The Fight Marches On

In an election year, as millions of citizens exercise their right to vote, no movement best reminds us of this right than the women’s suffrage movement and the passage of the 19th Amendment. To commemorate the centennial of the 19th Amendment, the digital exhibit, 100 Years of Progress, was created to be virtually accessible to the public despite the challenges presented by COVID-19. The exhibit, through its graphical art, maps, and bulletins, encapsulates how the idea of women’s suffrage would take hold and transform into reality, mobilizing millions of women to strive for equality in all aspects of American life. Materials on display comprise documents and ephemera from the suffrage collections in the Carey Shuart Women’s Archive and Research Collection. The exhibit was curated by UH history student Jennifer Southerland and archivist Vince Lee.