African American woman seated facing right and women protesting

Mary McLeod Bethune - Daytona Beach, Florida / William Ludlow Coursen (1880 - 1967) / 1910 or 1911, Gelatin silver print / State Archives of Florida | Suffrage Campaign, Pickets, Arrest and Imprisonment / Barnet M. Clinedinst, Jr. (1862 - 1953) / Jun - Jul 1917, Gelatin silver print /National Women's Party

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence

March 1, 2019 - January 5, 2020

To usher in the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence” reveals the women and organizations often overlooked in the complex narrative of women’s suffrage in the United States. Through portraiture, biography, and material culture, the exhibition examines the contributions of the radical women in antislavery societies; women activists of the late nineteenth century; the “New Woman” of the turn of the century; and the militant suffragists of the 1910s. This presentation also highlights the struggles that minority women endured long after the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. The exhibition is curated by Kate C. Lemay, historian and director of Portal, Portrait Gallery’s Scholarly Center, National Portrait Gallery.