Women and the Vote: 19th Amendment Centennial 

19th Amendment Centennial : 1920 – 2020 

2020 is the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote. To mark this historic occasion, the Johnson County Museum will host two exhibitions and several programs on the topic of women’s history, women in politics, and programs featuring women experts. There is a concerted effort across the Kansas City metro region (and beyond) by museums, archives, and historical institutions to feature the 19th Amendment Centennial in exhibits, programs, and special events. More information can be found at www.19at100.org, and by searching the hashtags #19at100KS and #19at100MO on social media platforms.

Women and the Vote, digital exhibit

The Women and the Vote digital exhibit will explore the history of women and elections, voting, and elected positions in Johnson County, Kansas, and the nation. By highlighting over 170 years of women’s history in Kansas, the exhibit shows us where we have been. By exploring the role of women in elected position today, it informs us of the work left to be done. Exhibit highlights the Kansas Equal Suffrage Association, the National American Woman Suffrage Association, the League of Women Voters, and Kansas and Johnson County trailblazing women politicians.

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This free digital exhibit will be on display in the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center Cultural Commons from March 2 through Dec. 31, 2020. It is accessible during open hours, 9am-5pm Monday through Friday, and 9am-5pm Saturday.

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League of Women Voters of Kansas Pop-up Exhibit

The exhibit tells the story of how women gained the vote, in Kansas in 1912 and national in 1920. This traveling exhibit will detail important trends in Kansas electoral history and highlight women leaders in the state. Exhibit will be on display free of charge in the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center Cultural Commons from July 9 through July 25, 2020. Building hours 9am-9pm Monday through Friday, and 9am-5pm Saturday.

Women Who Made History Coloring Sheets

Learn about some amazing women from the Kansas City area who made history, and then add your own color! From our friends at the Kansas City Public Library, here are two coloring books for download: “Women Who Made History” and “19th Amendment Centennial.”  https://kchistory.org/coloringkc

See and Download the Card from the League of Women Voters of Kansas

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Courtesy League of Women Voters of Kansas

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History on Tap: Politics on the Platform: Women and the 19th Amendment

For the centennial of the 19th Amendment, historian Dr. Sarah Bell discusses the role Kansas played in the woman suffrage movement, and takes a close look at women speakers on the Kansas Chautauqua circuit. This is a virtual program available to registered participants only. This is a one hour event on July 9th at 6:00 pm. Only $6 per person. Museum members receive a 20% discount - call (913) 831-3359 to register and claim discount or Register Here, . Event link and more details will be emailed prior to the event. Partnership with Humanities Kansas.  

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Kansas Equal Suffrage Association image: Courtesy Kansas Historical Society.

*Updated programming for the September – December JCPRD activities catalog forthcoming.

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Marchers: Courtesy Library of Congress.