For as long as there has been a United States, women have organized to shape the nation’s politics and secure their rights as citizens. Their collective action has taken many forms, from abolitionist petitions to industry-wide garment strikes to massive marches for an Equal Rights Amendment. Women March celebrates the centennial of the 19th Amendment—which granted women the right to vote in 1920—as it explores the efforts of a wide range of women to expand American democracy in the centuries before and after the suffrage victory. On view in the Joyce B. Cowin Women’s History Gallery, this immersive exhibition features imagery and video footage of women’s collective action over time, drawing visitors into a visceral engagement with the struggles that have endured into the 21st century. (Curated by Valerie Paley, senior vice president, chief historian, and director of the Center for Women's History, and the Center for Women’s History curatorial team)
Watch a reenactment of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper's 1866 speech, "We Are All Bound Up Together," a highlight of the exhibition. And read about how it came together with Tony nominee Ariana DeBose on the Women at the Center blog.
Shop books, accessories, and more from our Women's History collection at the NYHistory Store.
Lead exhibition sponsor for Women March is Jane Walker by Johnnie Walker. Lead philanthropic support provided by the New York Life Foundation.
Programs are sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Evelyn & Seymour Neuman Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.