What actions will you take to shape our democracy? On the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, find your inspiration in these stories of Minnesota women. Learn how the landmark 19th Amendment was one step in the struggle to overturn barriers to voting rights that persist to this day.
New online exhibit launching August 26
Votes for Women online exhibit launches on the 19th Amendment ratification centennial. Just in time for the upcoming election season, this inspiring exhibit connects you with the women who blazed the trail for today’s social justice activists.
- Read stories of the courageous and persistent Minnesota women who organized to fight for voting rights, gender equality, racial justice, tribal sovereignty, and other civil rights and liberties — and learn how these women left their marks on history.
- Go in-depth on the voting rights struggle — from its beginnings, to coalitions, tactics, the 19th Amendment, the Voting Rights Act, and more.
- Learn what you can do now to boost voter turnout in the next election.
- See a timeline of key voting rights events, from 1848 to 1920.
- Connect with further resources to explore more voting history.
August 18, 2020
On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment thus passing the three-fourths threshold requirement for the amendment to become law. Join us for a lunchtime chat with MNHS staff as they discuss the challenges faced when marking an anniversary that presents a narrow lens of a bigger historical movement.
August 26, 2020
In recognition of Women's Equality Day, join us for a conversation with the authors of Turnout: Making Minnesota the State That Votes, and the Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Minnesota.
Let your voice be heard
These books about voting rights and the suffrage movement are available from MNHS.
- Turnout: Making Minnesota the State that Votes, by Joan Growe with Lori Sturdevant
- Privilege for Which We Struggled, by Heidi Bauer
- Gentle Warriors: Clara Ueland and the Minnesota Struggle for Woman Suffrage, by Barbara Stuhler
- Minnesota Voter ID and the National Debate, by Jim Ragsdale (e-book only)
- Coming in October: Special suffrage double issue of Minnesota History magazine