History Fort Lauderdale will commemorate the centennial of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution (August 18, 1920) with “Rightfully Hers,” a pop-up exhibition organized by the National Archives and Records Administration. On display beginning Monday, August 3 to Monday, August 31 at The New River Inn, “Rightfully Hers” will explore the history of women’s voting rights before and after the ratification of the amendment, as well as the amendment’s impacts today. Despite decades of marches, petitions, and public debate to enshrine a woman’s right to vote in the constitution, the 19th Amendment did not grant voting rights for all. The challenges of its passage reverberate in the ongoing fight for gender equity today.
“History Fort Lauderdale is committed to presenting significant and culturally relevant stories like ‘Rightfully Hers’ that shape our great city,” said Patricia Zeiler, executive director of History Fort Lauderdale. “When we look at the extraordinary and impactful female leadership in office, today, it’s substantial to recognize how far we’ve come and how far we still need to go to ensure gender equality. We invite visitors of all ages to view this historical time capsule detailing the relentless struggle of diverse activists throughout U.S. history to secure voting rights for all American women.”
In compliance with local and state health guidelines, visitors will be required to wear a mask and practice safe social distancing of six feet apart. Hand sanitizer will be available at the front desk admission point and all surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned multiple times a day. Additionally, guests will be asked to sign-in, daily, for contact tracing.
Admission costs $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $7 for students (through age 22 with a valid student ID). Admission is free for members, military personnel, and children younger than six. Tickets are available here.
The exhibition will be presented in part by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission and the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, the Carl M. Freeman Foundation in honor of Virginia Allen Freeman, the AARP, and Denise Gwyn Ferguson.