Open March 1
“Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence” is an exhibit from the National Portrait Gallery, and will outline the more than 80-year movement for women to obtain the right to vote as part of the larger struggle for equality that continued through the 1965 Civil Rights Act and arguably lingers today. On view will be portraits of the movement’s pioneers, notably Susan B. Anthony and abolitionist Sojourner Truth, and 1848 Seneca Falls participants, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucy Stone. Other portraits of activists will represent such figures as Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for President; Carrie Chapman Catt, who devised successful state-by-state persuasion efforts; Alice Paul, who organized the first-ever march on Washington’s National Mall; and Lucy Burns, who served six different prison sentences for picketing the White House.
“Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence” will also shed light on the racial struggles of the suffrage movement and how African American women, often excluded by white women from the main suffrage organizations, organized for citizenship rights (including the right to vote). Portraits of African American contributors to the movement include Sarah Remond, who filed one of the earliest lawsuits protesting race segregation; Ida B. Wells, who advocated for federal laws against lynching; and Mary Church Terrell, who established the National Association of Colored Women.
The Portrait Gallery exhibition tells this complex history through an array of early photographic portraits, paintings, engravings, works on paper, lithographs, video, newspapers, postcards, books, ballots, banners, fliers, a china set, embroidery and pennants. Viewers will be able to see authentic objects, including original banners from the National Woman’s Party, a late-19th century ballot box, and original writings by influential suffragists.
Sponsors of the month of events include both individuals and businesses:
Presenting Sponsors – Loreen Beisswenger Farish Charitable Foundation, Mary Alice Fortin Foundation, and Pat Moran Family Foundation
Champion Corporate Sponsors – FPL, Leeds Custom Design, and Scaife Family Foundation
Visionary Corporate Sponsors – Christian Angle Real Estate, Kirchhoff & Associates Architects, Nievera Williams Design, PNC Bank, Sciame Homes, Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida, and West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority
Victor Sponsors – John Archer, Abby Beebe, Alexandra and Joe Chase, Susan and Christopher Cowie, Frances Fisher, Mary and Mark Freitas, Garden of Life, Sunni Johnson, Colleen Orrico, Pioneer Linens, Kelly Rooney, Tracy Smith, Samantha Storkerson, Rachel Tessoff, and Dinyar Wadia
Advocate Sponsors – Brenda Bailey, Laurel Baker (in honor of Rebel Cook); Nancy Brinker, Mark Elhilow, Dorothy Jacks, Lynn and Russell Kelley, Marti LaTour and George Elmore, Gary S. Lesser, Kristy and Grier Pressly, and Alice and Cater Randolph
Suffragist Sponsor – Katherine Dickenson and Lisa McDermott-Perez
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