Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment on August 18, 2020, we are sharing historic images from the period of women’s suffrage from Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence. This collection is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery. This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative. Click on the image to zoom in. A list of educational resources can be found at the bottom.

Here are some great resources to explore:


National Museum of American History

Women’s history resources

Woman suffrage search results

Woman suffrage collections search results

History Explorer suffrage search results


Smithsonian American Art Museum

“Who Tells Your Story? Exploring Women and Identity?” video

“Remaking the Rules: Exploring Women Who Broke Barriers” video

“Persisting and Resisting: Exploring Women as Activists” video


National Museum of the American Indian

Native American Women online resources


Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

Women’s suffrage search results


National Postal Museum

Women’s suffrage collections search results

Research articles on women in the U.S. Postal System

Women on Stamps virtual exhibition


League of Women Voters

Women’s suffrage search results


Library of Congress

Teacher resources, lesson plans and primary source sets

Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote exhibition website

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