On August 26, 1920, women were given the right to vote in the United States with the certification of the 19th Amendment. The launch of the Women Soaring Project (WSP) this fall 2020 fortuitously coincides with the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage. It is with great honor that the WSP is able to celebrate this incredible achievement in women's history highlighting exceptional artworks with its inaugural exhibit, Women Suffragists.
The panel of jurors for this show was comprised of the WSP co-founders and advisory board members including Jane Le Skaife, Jackie Lo, Megan Seely, Leah Cluff, Jennifer Lugris, Grace Gray-Adams, Jenifer Vernon and Lesley Doig. While we received 48 submissions from artists all around the world, we voted on the top three pieces that displayed the strongest content and execution in addressing the theme of women's suffrage. We are pleased to announce these winning works are:
First place - Artist Summer Herrera, Dorothy, A Young Activist, 2020
Second place - Artist Ildiko Nova, Fair Representation, 2020
Third place - Artist Angela (Azadeh) Raz, Healing, 2020
Please join us in congratulating these artists, and thank you to all those who participated. To see these works and more, please enter our virtual gallery below.
An interactive arts and culture project seeking to see, know, and appreciate women in history
“I would not have expected that I, who am barely out of savagery, would have to remind gentlemen with 5,000 years of recorded civilization behind them, of our Bill of Rights.”
Photo Credit: Alaska State Library
Native Alaskan Elizabeth Peratrovich is credited with helping pass the first anti-discrimination law in U.S. history back in 1945, two decades prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Peratrovich was born as Ḵaax̱gal.att (“person who packs for themselves”) into the Lukaax̱.ádi clan of the Tlingit Nation in Petersburg, Alaska in 1911. She was orphaned at a very young age and adopted by Andrew and Mary Wanamaker and became Elizabeth Jean Wanamaker. Upon her return to Alaska after college, she became horrified by the discrimination directed toward Native Alaskans. Her family had difficulty finding housing and jobs as it was common to find signs stating “No dogs or natives allowed” posted throughout the territory. Peratrovich lobbied government officials to support an anti-discrimination bill. She gave a passionate and powerful testimony during the Senate debate, which led to the Anti-discrimination Act of 1945 in Alaska, the first of its kind in U.S. history. Peratrovich continued to ardently fight racial discrimination against Alaskan Natives. She served as the Grand President of the Alaska Native Sisterhood and was also a member of the executive committee of the National Congress of American Indians. In 1988, February 16th was officially marked as Elizabeth Peratrovich Day in Alaska. Later in 2020, Peratrovich was featured on a $1 coin produced by the U.S. Mint.
Sources: AnceStories, Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribe, National Indian Council on Aging, Inc., U.S. Department of Transportation, Epic Quotes, Suffragette City100,