New Exhibit Coming Soon! “Women’s Power, Women’s Vote” Opens in June

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) will unveil its new exhibit, “Women’s Power, Women’s Vote” on June 17, 2019. On display through March 2020 in our lobby gallery, this exhibit is timed to coincide with the centenary of Texas’s ratification of the 19th Amendment. Texas ratified the constitutional amendment on June 28, 1919, making it the ninth of the 36 states needed for national approval. This exhibit explores the motivation for and evolution of this struggle and is documented through the personal collections of Texas women and government records. The 19th Amendment officially became law in August of 1920.

A group of women registering to vote in the primary election of 1918 pose in front of the Travis County Courthouse.
Travis County Women Register to Vote, 1918. W.D. Hornaday Collection, Prints and Photographs Collection, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission. #1975/70-5449

The grand opening event will take place on Tuesday, June 18, from 3 to 5 p.m. with refreshments and selected items on view from our collections, in addition to the main exhibit. We will also host a panel discussion, featuring:

  • Nancy Baker Jones, PhD (moderator), President, Board of Directors, Ruthe Winegarten Foundation for Texas Women’s History;
  • Grace Chimene, President, Board of Directors, League of Women Voters of Texas;
  • Nikki Van Hightower, PhD, former Women’s Advocate for the City of Houston, Harris County Treasurer, city liaison for the 1977 International Women’s Year National Conference, and activist.

Located in Austin, TSLAC offers ongoing exhibits in the lobby of the Lorenzo de Zavala building at 1201 Brazos St. Monday through Friday, 8-5 and monthly on Second Saturdays from 9-4. For directions and parking information, see https://www.tsl.texas.gov/visit. Exhibits are free and open to the public.

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