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Votes for Women

100 Years and Counting
  • Dates:
    Jul 15 - Nov 29 2020
  • Ages:
    All ages.
  • Where:
    Fifth floor
  • Tickets:

    Purchase admission tickets online or at the museum.

  • Accessibility:

    Mobility accessible, wheelchairs available at admissions, elevator access in building.

Celebrating the 2020 Suffrage Centennial

This exhibition will greet visitors as soon as we are able to open our doors at the History Museum. NOTE: Dates may change as we follow the reopening regulations issued by the Office of the Governor in response to the COVID pandemic. Please check our website before you visit.

Washington women led the way! The Washington State Historical Society’s exhibition, Votes for Women: 100 Years and Counting, is an intriguing look at the history of the women’s suffrage movement. Focusing on both the national story and our state’s story, this exhibition explains how Washington women contributed to the eventual ratification of the 19th Amendment. Votes for Women is a vibrant celebration of female achievements in politics and society.

This exhibition invites visitors to learn by turning the galleries into an immersive game focused on women and voting rights. Learn the who, what, where, why and why not of Washington’s suffrage battle. Find out who could legally cast a ballot and who could not during the history of the on-again-off-again vote for women. Journey through an interactive timeline, voting at key spots along the way, to understand the importance of voting to our society and how women’s suffrage has impacted and affected our nation over time. You’ll come out knowing the names of those  who fought for this basic constitutional right, and you’ll appreciate your right to vote as never before!

The curators of this exhibition, Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring, are the authors and artists behind the book Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living ColorVotes for Women will be richly illustrated with work created by O’Leary and Spring exclusively for this exhibition as well as historic objects and ephemera from the Washington State Historical Society collections.

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Votes for Women

Curriculum, statewide activities and more!

To mark 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment gave most women the right to vote, The Washington State Historical Society, Women’s Commission and Women’s History Consortium are teaming up to lead statewide programs and to represent Washington in nationwide initiatives.

Check out the Votes for Women website for all the great connections to curriculum, activities across our state, downloads and more.

Washington State Historical Society is partnering to host a virtual festival as part of a nation-wide commemoration of women’s rights!

This virtual festival will be family-friendly and free. The original large gathering that was planned to take place at the Capitol in Olympia is being restructured into an event that can be celebrated virtually, for the safety and wellbeing of participants (due to COVID-19).

Stay tuned for details.