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The Suffrage Suite: Women Win The Vote

We have partnered with the Freedom Forum’s Newseum to design a new signature suite honoring the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which extended the right to vote to women nationwide in August 1920.

The Suffrage Suite: Women Win the Vote celebrates the centennial with images of historic newspapers, photographs, and stories of changemakers from past and present, including suffragists Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul as well as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

 


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Unveiled during Women’s History Month, The Suffrage Suite recognizes the stories of women who used the freedoms of the First Amendment to make the case for suffrage, as well as women fighting injustice today. In addition, the Freedom Forum’s Newseum’s pop-up exhibit “First Amendment Freedoms: Women Win the Vote” will be open at Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport. This exhibit traces the grassroots campaign for universal suffrage from its beginning in the anti-slavery movement of the 19th century through the 72-year battle for the vote.

Samantha Barry, Editor-in-Chief of Glamour, along with design firm Terri Jannes Interiors, partnered with Hamilton Hotel to design and curate the one-bedroom suite located on the 12th floor. The artifacts depicted in the suite are from the Freedom Forum’s Newseum collection, as well as the collection of Boston-based political activist Barbara Lee.  Items on display include the pioneering women’s rights newspaper, The Revolution, launched by suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony; a 1916 poster created by activist Carrie Chapman Catt detailing the arguments for suffrage; a variety of historical campaign buttons celebrating women; and “The Year of the Woman,” a 2018 issue of The New Yorker celebrating the 116 women elected to Congress that year. Images such as “Suffrage Road Trip,” depicting a 1915 cross-country journey advocating that women get the vote, and “The Four Justices,” a portrait of the four female Supreme Court Justices, bring the suite to life.

 

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