Seeing Citizens: Picturing American Women’s Fight for the Vote
Mon - Sat, Mar 23 to Oct 3, 9:00am - 5:00pm
The Lia and William Poor Gallery, Schlesinger Library, 3 James Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
This exhibition presents the images that leading activists wanted the public to see—and some that they wanted to hide. White suffragists portrayed themselves as elite, educated, and moral women. Some aspects of their campaign assured skeptics that the amendment would preserve white supremacy and pose no challenges to the disfranchisement strategies which affected black women and men alike in the Jim Crow South. Lacking funds and support from the white-dominated press, suffragists of color typically employed images on a smaller scale. Their pictures are less familiar but no less powerful. They demonstrate the movement’s breadth, emphasis, and savvy for visual politics. Pro– and anti–women’s rights images offer more than a look at the past: they illustrate the vibrant debates about the status of women in the United States that continue in images today. Free and open to the public. For additional information click here.