Woman Suffrage Pop-Up Exhibits Available to the Public
By Victoria Macchi | National Archives News
WASHINGTON, May 29, 2020 —While National Archives’ doors will remain closed to the public through August, free display exhibits celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and women’s constitutional right to vote are available to order for one more month.
Organizations or venues interested in ordering a pop-up display can sign up here by June 27.
“While many of our institutions remain closed due to COVID-19, we are grateful for the opportunity to share these displays, making them available to you when our communities begin to reopen,” Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero wrote in a blog post earlier this month.
This is the second set of Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote pop-ups created by National Archives to honor the landmark moment in U.S. history when millions of women became eligible to fully participate in the nation’s democracy. This print run is in partnership with the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission (WSCC).
National Archives previously sent out 1,600 popups last fall. Schools of all levels (elementary through college), libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, service organizations such as Girl Scout Troops, many chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and community centers are all examples of sites that have requested or received one.
This summer, a second printing will make another 2,500 pop-ups available for educational use. The displays are lightweight, free-standing, easy to set up, and require no tools or walls. Read more about the exhibits here.
"The ratification of the 19th Amendment was a landmark moment in American history that dramatically changed the electorate,” said Jennifer Johnson, co-curator of the pop-up. Nevertheless, full woman suffrage was decades away. “Although it enshrined in the U.S. Constitution fuller citizenship for women, many remained unable to vote."
The National Archives’ Rightfully Hers popup display is presented by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, Carl M. Freeman Foundation in honor of Virginia Allen Freeman, AARP, Denise Gwyn Ferguson, and the National Archives Foundation.