"Votes for Women" commemorates the 90th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote.
In 1919, the federal woman suffrage amendment was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. (This same amendment had originally been written by Susan B. Anthony and introduced in Congress in 1878.) On June 4, 1919, Congress sent the amendment to the states for ratification, as required by law. Rhode Island ratified the amendment on Jan. 7, 1920, and by August it was the law of the land.
"Votes for Women" features dozens of items including records of the Rhode Island Equal Suffrage Association, petitions and acts submitted to the General Assembly, images of prominent women who championed equality and an original McTammany Voting Machine used by women for the first time in the 1920 election.
See the full exhibit for yourself at the State Archives, 337 Westminster St., Providence, through April 30. Free parking is available at the In-Town Parking lot across Snow Street from the State Archives. We are open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m