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Votes for Women is an interactive exploration exhibit at the Main Library.

Votes for Women

Resolved: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex – The 19th Amendment

Votes for Women Room Exterior

About the Votes for Women Room

The Votes for Women Room was created to mark the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the constitution. This permanent exhibit explores a range of topics surrounding democracy, political movements, and women’s role in society through videos, interactive exhibits, a timeline, and interpretative panels.

Trace historic moments in American women’s history, as well as national and international events related to voting and human rights, along the Centerpiece Timeline. Learn more about Tennessee’s pivotal role in the ratification and important themes on race and culture wars through videos featuring writer Elaine Weiss. Discover the tactics and strategies people used in the “Anatomy of a Movement” interactive exhibit – and see how those strategies are used by today's activists.

A crucial focus of the Votes for Women Room is the Truth-Telling project featured in the Race section. This award-winning and thought-provoking digital exhibit is on permanent loan from the Frances Willard House Museum and is a reconciliation project on racism within historic women’s movements.

Challenge yourself in our Video Library section with videos from the past one hundred years featuring a diversity of women and range of topics covering political activity.

Visit Us

The Votes for Women Room is located at Nashville Public Library's Main Library. Go to the 2nd floor, proceed to the North end of the building. The Votes for Women Room is inside the Nashville Room. It is open during all open hours of Main Library.

Related Exhibits

Saints or Monsters: Political Cartoons of the 19th Amendment

March 31 – August 15, 2021
Courtyard Gallery, Main Library

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.

"Tennessee Has The Center Of The Stage"

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.


For Media Inquiries

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

Ed Brown
(615) 862-5800 (office)
(502) 475-6029 (mobile)

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