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Yet She is Advancing: American Women and the Right to Vote

April 28, 2023 - November 5, 2023

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

The Historic New Orleans Collection presents: “Yet She is Advancing: American Women and the Right to Vote,” a new exhibit open on April 28. The 19th Amendment to the US Constitution extended the vote to American women in 1920. Its passage served as the crowning achievement of a decades-long struggle by women across the nation to be part of the democratic process. Although divided by race, class, and political strategy, Black and white women in New Orleans played a significant role in the women’s suffrage movement.

Yet the story of women’s voting rights in New Orleans does not end in 1920. The federal amendment granted all women the right to vote, but Louisiana laws effectively disenfranchised Black women. As many white women began going to the polls and increasing their political participation in segregation-era New Orleans, African American women continued to fight for access to the ballot. From paying their poll taxes to organizing voter registration drives, Black women challenged their status as second-class citizens up to and through the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The exhibition runs through November 5, 2023.

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The Historic New Orleans Collection

A free history museum in the heart of the French Quarter offering exhibitions on the culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. On-site museum shop and café reflect creativity and diversity of community and its past....