This year marks the 100th anniversary of passage of the 19th Amendment. Thru this two-part program, we will explore the history and challenges of achieving this right—who was involved, who was left behind, and what have we learned? Then we will converse about "finding your voice" and how women’s movements have always been powerful in changing our society. Gain insights on the secrets of successful movements and the motives, mediums, and methods behind them.
On display during the first program will be a specially curated exhibit titled “Toward a Universal Suffrage: African American Women in Iowa and the Vote for All.” This exhibit honors and celebrates the contributions of African American women in Iowa to the women’s suffrage movement. The story of the women’s suffrage movement is often dominated by white women. “Toward A Universal Suffrage” highlights the diversity and difference in the movement to gain the vote. The exhibition is organized by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of Human Rights Office on the Status of Women, and the Central Iowa Community Museum. To learn more about the exhibition and this new proposed museum, visit www.centraliowamuseum.com.