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SHUTTERSTOCK / EVERETT HISTORICAL

Any great change
Exhibition celebrates the
centennial of women's right to vote
By Pamela A. Keene

I

met in 1840 at the World
n 1920, women in the
Anti-Slavery Convention
United States gained
in London, where they
the right to vote with
rallied 200 other women
the passage and ratificato organize for women's
tion of the 19th Amendrights.
ment on Aug.18.
The Seneca Falls
The journey to ratiConvention garnered
fication was neither easy
support from both women
nor simple. The Atlanta
and men, who actively
History Center's exhibition Any Great Change:
-Lucretia Coffin Mott worked to secure equality for all, including
The Centennial of the 19th
social and civil rights and
Amendment traces the
women's right to vote. The
beginnings of this historic
convention's manifesto,
event and documents how
the
Declaration
of
Sentiments,
was modeled after
women have used the political power they gained.
the
Declaration
of
Independence,
with a modified
"One hundred years ago, women had virtually
preamble:
"...
that
all
men
and
women
are created
no political voice to get things done on such matters
equal."
as education, temperance and equality-issues that
"These were intelligent, passionate and acwere important to them and to many Americans,"
complished
women, many of whom were engaged
says Jessica VanLanduyt, vice president of guest
in
other
social
and civil matters," VanLanduyt says.
experiences and lead curator of the exhibit. "This
"But
they
were
limited in how much they could
exhibition tells the story of their struggles for the
accomplish
without
a vote."
right to vote and the accomplishments of women in
politics, government and society who were and are
empowered by the passage of the 19th Amendment." A constitutional amendment
In 1919, Congress approved the 19th AmendThe quest for women's right to vote began in
ment for state ratification.
July 1848, when the Seneca Falls Convention was or"The sole Southern supporter was Georgia Sen.
ganized by Lucretia Coffin Mott and Elizabeth Cady
William J. Harris," VanLanduyt says.
Stanton in Seneca Falls, N.Y. Both Mott and Stanton
The amendment then went to the states for
were slavery abolitionists and suffragists. They

'Any great change must
expect opposition,
because it shakes the
very foundation of
privilege.'

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