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Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence

National Portrait Gallery Washington, D.C. Art

On July 19, 1848, a conference for women’s equality and rights was organized by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. It took place in Seneca Falls, N.Y., and is regarded as a watershed moment in the American suffrage movement. As Stanton famously said, “The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation because in the degradation of woman the very fountains of life are poisoned at their source.” This virtual exhibition illustrates how American women secured voting rights. The usuals are present—leaders like Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Ida B. Wells. The story of suffragism, however, is often told with little regard for the large and fraught role that African-American women played. Here, they are at the forefront of its telling. —C.J.F.

National Portrait Gallery 8th St NW & F St NW, Washington, DC 20001, United States
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