Votes for Women – Inspiring Change 

Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea is pleased to announce Votes for Women – Inspiring Change, a traveling exhibit commemorating the centennial of the passage of the 19th amendment as part of the XIX: Shall Not Be Denied: Why It Matters Initiative. The exhibit highlights Isabelle Ahearn O’Neill and Lulu Mowry Schlesinger, the first women elected to Rhode Island’s General Assembly, and their important contributions to laws that directly affected the lives of women and children. The exhibit also explores: the decades of work that led to the 1920 passage of the amendment; the decades of work that followed as other disenfranchised groups slowly gained the right to vote; and the importance of civic and electoral engagement today.  

English and Spanish versions of the exhibit will travel around the state and be viewable in local libraries, city and town halls, and other public venues. To learn where the exhibits are currently located, follow @RISecState or @XIXShallNotBeDenied on Instagram. To host the exhibit at your organization, contact Lane Sparkman, Associate Director of Education & Public Programs at: lsparkman@sos.ri.gov.  

Details for hosting the exhibit: 

The exhibit consists of four pull-up banners, each of which is 33.5 inches wide and 84 inches tall. The banners can be displayed together (in a line or grouped), dispersed in an interior space, or in windows facing out onto a street. The hosting period is approximately four weeks. Delivery and set-up will be done by Department of State staff and there is no cost associated with hosting the exhibit.  For more information or to inquire about hosting please contact Lane Sparkman.  

The banners are currently viewable in the following locations: