Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence exhibit opens
On Wednesday, July 7, Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum will open the exhibit Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence, organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The poster exhibit explores women’s suffrage and the fight for the 19th Amendment. The traveling exhibit will be on display in Pawnee from July 7 to September 19, 2021. It will be enhanced by artifacts from the OHS that tell the story of women’s suffrage in the state of Oklahoma. This exhibit is free to the public and will be available in the museum building.
The story of women’s suffrage is a story of voting rights, of inclusion in and exclusion from the franchise, and of our civic development as a nation. Votes for Women broadens visitors’ understanding of the suffrage movement in the United States. It addresses women’s political activism, explores the racism that challenged universal suffrage, and documents the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which prohibits the government from denying US citizens the right to vote on the basis of gender. It also touches upon the suffrage movement’s relevance to current conversations on voting and voting rights across America.
Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum is located at 1141 Pawnee Bill Road in Pawnee. Hours of operation for the months of April through October are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday and Monday, 1 to 4 p.m.