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Women’s Long Road – 100 Years to the Vote

“Women’s Long Road – 100 Years to the Vote” features historical photographs, stories about people, documents, and artifacts to explore the wide-ranging efforts by many women (and some men) to gain the voting rights finally guaranteed in 1920 by the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“As Maine gears up to celebrate its bicentennial in 2020, it’s now interesting, even stunning, to realize that, at Maine’s founding, only male citizens 21 and older had the right to vote” comments Museum Director Bernard Fishman. “Even more surprising was that it took 100 years of petitions to the Maine Legislature, work by suffrage organizations large and small, and countless debates and demonstrations before most women finally received the vote in 1920.”

The museum’s exhibition tells the story of that 100 year effort through the people, both on the national and state scene, who lived it. Historical photographs, artifacts, and documents on display add dimension to those stories as they were played out in newspaper headlines, parades, cartoons, products, and petitions. The museum exhibit also looks at women’s lives generally over the century, as well as at voting issues that continue to be a vibrant part of public debate today.

“Women’s Long Road – 100 Years to the Vote” will be on view at the museum through January 25, 2020. Related educational programs and events will be announced and available through the summer and fall.

“Women’s Long Road – 100 Years to the Vote” is also part of Maine’s Suffrage Centennial Collaborative, a diverse group of organizations that will feature a variety of programs about the centennial of women’s suffrage and the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution throughout 2019 and 2020. For further information, see the collaborative’s website http://www.mainesuffragecentennial.org.

Click here to learn about the plays, lectures, and other special events associated with this exhibit. All events are free and open to the public.

Click here for the 100 Years to the Vote lesson plans and teacher materials. 

Photograph by Joe Phelan.

Maine State Museum