Votes For Women is an interactive exploration exhibit opening at the Main Library in 2020.
Votes for Women
This permanent exhibit will tell the pivotal and dramatic story of Nashville’s role in winning women the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It will provide a space to explore the core themes surrounding women’s roles, democracy and power.
Celebrate With Us
Events are free and open to all, and take place at the Main Library, 615 Church Street unless otherwise noted.
Saints or Monsters: Political Cartoons of the 19th Amendment
Exhibit on display until November 2020
Saints or Monsters: Political Cartoons of the 19th Amendment. Through the use of satire and caricature, editorial cartoons illustrate the political landscape and draw attention to the issues of the day. Educational, critical, and entertaining, the political cartoons in Saints or Monsters offer a window into history and show just how much was at stake for American women and our nation in the years leading up to the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
Votes for Women Grand Opening
Monday, June 8, 2020
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Find out more about NPL's history why it's the perfect place for Votes for Women in this feature on our blog.
Nashville Storytellers Project: Women of the Century
Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
The Nashville Storytellers Project puts remarkable local people on stage to talk honestly about their lives. Their stories inspire us, connect us, make us laugh — and, often, they explore life’s more complicated truths.
On June 9, the Nashville Storytellers Project, in partnership with the Nashville Public Library Foundation and the Mayor’s Council on the State of Women, presents Women of the Century: Perseverance and Hustle.
The event celebrates the opening of the library’s new Votes for Women room and helps to mark the year-long 100th anniversary celebration of the passage of the 19th Amendment.
Featuring Nashville visionaries, founders, and state and local elected officials, we follow our five female storytellers through generations, linking the icons of the suffrage movement to the advocates of today — those who are breaking down barriers to equal participation in families, communities, economy and government.
Through their stories, we will not only commemorate the centennial of the historic moment, but also focus on the ongoing movement to secure women’s equal rights in every aspect of American life.
Support Votes for Women
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.
The Woman's Hour: A Citywide Book Club
In the summer of 2019, we shared The Woman's Hour reading experience with all of Nashville.
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.
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.
For Media Inquiries
If you're a reporter, blogger, social media influencer, or columnist interested in covering Votes for Women news, contact:
(615) 862-5755 (office)
(615) 246-7423 (mobile)
(615) 862-5800 (office)
(615) 475-6029 (mobile)