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
First convention for women's rights in Seneca Falls, New York on July 19-20, 1848
Certification of the
19th Amendment on August 26, 1920 allowing women the right to vote
Passage of the Indian Citizenship Act
giving Native Americans access to citizenship in 1924
In 1943, the Magnuson Act repeals
the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act that prohibited
citizenship for Chinese
In 1952, the Immigration and Nationality Act removes racial barriers to citizenship
In 1965, the Voting Rights Act prohibits racial discrimination in voting
On August 26, 1920, women won the right to vote in the United States with the certification of the 19th Amendment. Changes would be made in subsequent years to include women of color as well (see timeline above for further details). This year, we will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage on August 26, 2020, which has also become officially known as "Women's Equality Day." Please click here for more information regarding the history of the women's suffrage movement in the U.S. and the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary this year, the profiles below highlight noteworthy women who were critical in the fight for women's suffrage. Considering that Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton are most often referenced, this particular list of eight women focus on less well-known but still significant figures in the movement. We also did not include Ida B. Wells since she was already highlighted in a past exhibit on "Women Activists." It is our sincere hope that you will become acquainted with these incredible women in history and that you will also take the opportunity to visit our gallery to see our inaugural show, Women Suffragists, celebrating women's suffrage.