◆ “Rightfully Hers” exhibit now on display.
“Rightfully Hers,” a popup exhibition from the National Archives celebrating the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, is now on display at the Star Valley Branch Library in Afton.
“Rightfully Hers” contains simple messages exploring the history of the ratification of the 19th amendment, women’s voting rights before and after the 19th, and its impact today,” said Melissa Haderlie, branch manager of Star Valley Branch Library. “Despite decades of marches, petitions, and public debate to enshrine a woman’s right to vote in the constitution, the 19th Amendment – while an enormous milestone – did not grant voting rights for all. The challenges of its passage reverberate to the ongoing fight for gender equity today.”
According to Haderlie, the exhibit will be on display at the library through September 1.
“The ratification of the 19th Amendment was a landmark moment in American history that dramatically changed the electorate, and although it enshrined in the U.S. Constitution fuller citizenship for women many remained unable to vote,” said Rightfully Hers co-curator Jennifer N. Johnson.
According to Haderlie, the display materials are open to the public
“The exhibit and a 10 minute video will be available during our regular business hours,” Haderlie said.
The Star Valley Branch Library is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Please be advised during our COVID-19 restrictions your time within the library is only 45 minutes per day so please plan accordingly,” said Haderlie. “We will also have coloring sheets available of influential Wyoming Women from the TravelWyoming website.”
• About the Display
Rightfully Hers is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the National Archives has launched a nationwide initiative and major exhibition that explores the generations-long fight for universal woman suffrage.
The exhibition is presented in part by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission and the National Archives Foundation through the support of Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, Carl M. Freeman Foundation in honor of Virginia Allen Freeman, AARP, and Denise Gwyn Ferguson.