19th Amendment Exhibit and Reception
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Join the Bloomington Human Rights Commission and the League of Women Voters Bloomington in celebrating Minnesota's September 8, 1919 ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
While some saw this moment as the end of a long 72-year fight, the 19th Amendment did not provide access to the ballot for women. Native Americans were not enfranchised until 1924, most people of color couldn't exercise their right to vote until the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and even after that obstacles remain. The work to expand and defend voting rights continues today, inspired by the activists, advocates and suffragists who paved the way forward.
The 12-panel exhibit created by LWV Minnesota and the Minnesota Historical Society will:
- Activate visitors to educate themselves and to vote
- Remind visitors that democracy depends on their participation
- Empower visitors to act in defense of democracy
- Recognize and celebrate a century of activism by LWV Minnesota
- Recall our history through a lens of diversity, equity and inclusion