Rightfully Hers Exhibit on Display at the Morton Civic Center
On January 2, the City of Evanston will kick-off a year of hosting a new popup exhibition from the National Archives, Rightfully Hers, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
Rightfully Hers contains simple messages exploring the history of the ratification of the 19th amendment, women’s voting rights before and after the 19th, and its impact today. Despite decades of marches, petitions, and public debate to enshrine a woman’s right to vote in the constitution, the 19th Amendment – while an enormous milestone – did not grant voting rights for all. The challenges of its passage reverberate to the ongoing fight for gender equity today.
Rightfully Hers will be on display at various locations around Evanston in 2020 and opens its run in the 2nd Floor Gallery at the Lorraine Morton Civic Center on January 2. The exhibit will be available for viewing during Morton Civic Center open hours.
The exhibit’s visit to Evanston is sponsored by Women’sVote100Evanston, a group of partners who are planning for Evanston’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. This group is led by the Evanston Women’s History Project at the Evanston History Center and includes: the City of Evanston, Downtown Evanston, the Evanston Community Foundation, Evanston Made, the Evanston Public Library, the Frances Willard House Museum, the League of Women Voters of Evanston, North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau, Northwestern University, Shorefront Legacy Center, the Woman’s Club of Evanston, the YWCA Evanston/North Shore. More information about further plans for the anniversary can be found at www.evanstonwomen.org.
Rightfully Hers is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the National Archives has launched a nationwide initiative and major exhibition that explores the generations-long fight for universal woman suffrage. The exhibition is presented in part by the National Archives Foundation through the support of Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, Carl M. Freeman Foundation in honor of Virginia Allen Freeman, AARP, and Denise Gwyn Ferguson.
Rightfully Hers will be on display at the following locations:
January: Lorraine Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.
February: Evanston Public Library, Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St.
March: Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood St.
May: Evanston Public Library, Main Branch, 1703 Orrington Ave.
June: Frances Willard House, 1730 Chicago Ave.
For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.