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Votes For Women is an interactive exploration exhibit set to open at the Main Library in downtown Nashville in spring 2020.

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Votes for Women opens in spring 2020. Be the first to know Votes for Women news and learn about opening week events.

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A gift to The Honor Roll is a thoughtful way to celebrate a woman in your life while contributing to this powerful and meaningful project. All tribute names will be listed as inaugural members on digital displays in the room.

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Be a part of bringing this experience to life: donate your time. Make note of Votes for Women in the special notes/requests portion of the volunteer application.

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Votes for Women Exhibit

It Happened Here

Nashville, we’re on hallowed ground. Ninety-nine years ago, women across America won their right to vote when Tennessee lawmakers cast a tie-breaking decision to ratify the 19th Amendment right here in downtown Nashville.

The Power of Women

The women who fought for the 19th Amendment changed the way future generations of women and girls could be heard and counted in our country.

The Power of Voting

In the end, this magnificent change came down to a single person: a Tennessee lawmaker who cast his ballot for ratification. The reason? A letter from his mom.

The Power of … Power

Nearly a century later, what are we fighting for? Which voices must still be heard? Who must still be counted?

Votes For Women is an interactive exploration of the power of women and girls, the power of voting, and the power of power itself. It’s set to open at the Main Library in downtown Nashville in spring 2020.

Story Opportunities for Media Outlets

It Happened Here

The dramatic moments that finally secured women’s right to vote happened in downtown Nashville. Interview Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman’s Hour, which the library made its citywide read for the 99th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Get sound and visuals at the historic Hermitage Hotel, which suffragists and anti-suffragists used as campaign headquarters.

Progress in Politics

For the first time, half of Metro Council is female. Interview these members in the Votes for Women space. What’s their take on Nashville’s progress so far and the work that remains?

Nearly 100 Years Later, What’s Next?

Nearly a century after ratification, progress has peaked in some places but lags in others. For example, more than 40% of Tennessee households that depend on a woman breadwinner live in poverty (source: ThinkTennessee). Stories on issues affecting women, families, and all humans could lead up to the Votes for Women opening.

Votes for Women Opening Week

Nashville Public Library will open Votes for Women March 9-15, 2020. There are opportunities for remote broadcasts, as well as behind-the-scenes and sneak-peek stories.

For More Information

If you're a reporter, blogger, social media influencer, or columnist interested in covering Votes for Women news, contact:

Andrea Fanta
andrea.fanta@nashville.gov
(615) 862-5755 (office)
(615) 246-7423 (mobile)

Ed Brown
ed.brown@nashville.gov
(615) 862-5800 (office)
(615) 475-6029 (mobile)

The Woman's Hour: A Citywide Book Club

Read. Remember. Vote.

 

In the summer of 2019, we shared The Woman's Hour reading experience with all of Nashville. In her New York Times review, Curtis Sittenfeld, author of The American Wife, wrote: 

It’s probably inappropriate to evaluate a work of history on the basis of how many novels can be extracted from its pages; it’s also, if one is a novelist, irresistible. Which real-life situations and characters are so intriguing that they’d be worthy of delving into and depicting in the truly intimate manner that only fiction allows? By this measure — and by several others — The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, by the journalist Elaine Weiss, is a gold mine.

And in May 2019, the American Bar Association selected Weiss’ book for a 2019 Silver Gavel Award for Media and the Arts. The award goes to “outstanding work that fosters the American public’s understanding of the law and the legal system” and is the ABA’s highest honor in recognition of this purpose.

Nashville was captivated by a great book. We came together as a community to talk about it and celebrate the local history surrounding women's right to vote.

Check out a copy from your local library or buy one from Parnassus Books.

Get pulled into the story: watch The Great Debate for Women's Suffrage...Summer of 1920 on YouTube now, presented by The League of Women Voters of Nashville and Nashville Public Library.

The Woman's Hour citywide book club was a partnership of Nashville Public Library, the Nashville Public Library Foundation, and Parnassus Books in support of the Votes For Women Project.

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