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

Votes for Women

Votes for Women Presents “Her Life in Lyrics”

A Conversation with Robert K. Oermann and Beverly Keel
Thursday, March 4, 6:00 PM, via Zoom

Women’s History Month is a special time for all of us. More than just a look back at what women have done in the past, it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of women and girls today, and ingrain in our hearts the lessons we’ve learned to build a better world for the women of tomorrow.

And there couldn’t be a better way to kick things off than by learning more about one of the most influential women of our time.

For more than 50 years, Dolly Parton has forged a successful career with hard work, dedication, and grace. Through both her music and her philanthropic work, Dolly has served as a role model for countless women and girls who have gone on to become business owners, artists, and leaders in their community and around the world. Her story is not only a compelling tale, but a living classroom that all women and girls can learn from today.

Join us as NPL’s Votes for Women hosts Robert K. Oermann, co-author of Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics and Beverly Keel, Dean of the College of Media and Entertainment at Middle Tennessee State University, for a conversation about the power of personal stories, the meanings behind songs, and the way they shape our lives.

Virtual Grand Opening, August 2020

If you missed it live, not to worry! You can watch the powerful video celebration of the 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment ratification anytime, on NPL YouTube.

To mark both the 19th Amendment anniversary and the completion of the Votes for Women interactive space at the Main Library, we hosted this celebration of inclusion, inspiration, and voice. Our special guest was Rosanne Cash — singer, songwriter, author, and narrator of the PBS documentary By One Vote: Woman Suffrage in the South.

This virtual experience culminated with neighbors, universities, and other institutions citywide ringing bells, big and small.

In 1920, when the Tennessee Legislature cast its tie-breaking vote to ratify the 19th Amendment, cities across the U.S. rang bells in recognition — but Nashville did not.

On August 18, we broke that silence with the loudest celebration of the summer.

watch on NPL YouTube


Saints or Monsters: Political Cartoons of the 19th Amendment

Although you can't visit the exhibit at the Main Library just now, you can see the pieces online, below. Visit the album on NPL Flickr to discover the details of each cartoon.

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.


About Votes for Women

This permanent exhibit tells 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 provides a space to explore the core themes surrounding women’s roles, democracy, and power.

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