Celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote

Generations of women fought by protesting and picketing before the 19th Amendment gave them the constitutional right to vote on August 26, 1920. Jane Addams, co-founder of Chicago's Hull House, advocated strongly for women's suffrage.  Her 1910 essay, "Why Women Should Vote," influenced many. 

Join us in recognizing the determination and complexity of the people who fought for the right to vote when we partner with the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Reaching Across Illinois Library System, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Schaumburg Township District Library and many more libraries to showcase two virtual exhibits and programs.


Enter the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and enjoy a preview of the virtual exhibits Why Women Should Vote and True Peace: the Presence of Justice. The entire virtual exhibit will open August 26 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

Why Women Should Vote

Based on a 1910 essay written by Jane Addams, this exhibition explores the grassroots national movement organized by American women demanding the right to vote as well as issues such as women’s leadership, racism within women’s movements and women’s power to impact civic affairs.

True Peace: the Presence of Justice URL

Jane Addams founded the American Women’s Peace Party to oppose World War I, which became the Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom. More than 100 years later, women’s international peace organizing continues as highlighted by the artwork of Monica Trinidad and photographs by Sarah-Ji.

 Monica Trinidad is a queer, Latinx artist and organizer whose artwork highlights campaigns and movements in Chicago from 2014 through 2019 that have largely been led by Black and Brown women and young girls.

Sarah-Ji, prison abolitionist and community organizer, exhibits photographs that document the extensive social justice organizing in Chicago from the past ten years focusing on Black women in Chicago.


Engage with these live programs - 

  • September 13 - Championing Women’s Activism in Modern American with author Anya Jabour

  • September 17 - Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote and Insisted on Equality for All 

  • November 17 - Race and Rights: Wells, Willard, and Addams - Register


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