AGENTS OF CHANGE
|The exhibit, entitled, “Agents of Change: Female Activism in Virginia from Women’s Suffrage to Today,” is a signature project of the Virginia Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemoration. This exhibition highlights the efforts and impact of a selection of female change-makers who brought about positive change in their communities, the Commonwealth, and the nation. They also created new models of female empowerment and new opportunities for women – ultimately fostering a more inclusive and equal society. The traveling exhibit is made possible by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. G Gilmer Minor III. This exhibit will be on display until November 5 . See also the companion exhibit, Making a difference: Women who Changed Montgomery County.|
In 1920, the United States ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote. This milestone event was the culmination of a 70-year-long struggle for female suffrage, and it ushered in a new age of women’s civic activism. With the vote, women gained greater power to effect change in American society.
Over the ensuing century, women expanded their fight for equality beyond the ballot box to other arenas, including educational institutions, professional opportunities, and social justice issues. And the battle against persistent sexism and gender-based disparities continues today.
Agents of Change: Female Activism in Virginia from Women’s Suffrage to Today explores the legacy of women’s suffrage in Virginia from 1920 to 2020 through a diverse selection of female changemakers—women who worked to change their communities, the Commonwealth, and the country. Their stories underscore the importance of civic engagement in a democracy, as well as the power of individuals to create a better world.
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