BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – During the week of Sept. 9-14, the Rockingham Library will host a new popup exhibition from the National Archives, “Rightfully Hers,” commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Despite decades of marches, petitions, and public debate to enshrine a woman’s right to vote in the constitution, the 19th Amendment – while an enormous milestone – did not grant voting rights for all. The challenges of its passage reverberate to the ongoing fight for gender equity today.
“Rightfully Hers” co-curator Jennifer N. Johnson states, “The ratification of the 19th Amendment was a landmark moment in American history that dramatically changed the electorate, and although it enshrined in the U.S. Constitution fuller citizenship for women many remained unable to vote.”
Shining a local light on this, writer and educator Nancy Olson will share her knowledge of Clarina Howard Nichols Saturday, Sept. 14 at 10:30 a.m. in the Biography Room of the Rockingham Library. Born in Townshend, Vt. in 1810, Clarina Howard Nichols was an American journalist, lobbyist, and public speaker involved in the women’s rights movements of the mid-19th century. Her editorials in the Windham County Democrat, published in Brattleboro, Vt., addressed many women’s inequality issues without apology. Despite her prominence at that time, historians have largely overlooked her until recently.
“Rightfully Hers” is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the National Archives has launched a nationwide initiative and major exhibition that explores the generations-long fight for universal woman suffrage. The exhibition is presented in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, Carl M. Freeman Foundation in honor of Virginia Allen Freeman, AARP, and Denise Gwyn Ferguson.
This event is free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Friends of the Rockingham Library. The library is located at 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls, Vt., and is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.rockinghamlibrary.org.