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Toward a universal suffrage: African American women in Iowa and the vote for all

UNI Museum's traveling exhibit has partnered with the Department of Political Science to bring "Toward A Universal Suffrage: African American Women In Iowa And The Vote For All." This exhibition is taking place at the UNI Museum on the bottom floor of Rod Library from Monday, August 31, 2020 - 8:00 am to Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 5:00 pm. 

This exhibit highlights the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the united states constitution. 

 

What is the 19th amendment?

"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States of by any state on account of sex. Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation." 

Photos courtesy the African American Museum of Iowa.

Importance of this Exhibit

For 100 years, women have had the right to vote. However, that was not the end of the suffrage movement. African American women in the northern states began exercising their political power in elections while in the south, African American women were

still fighting for the right to vote. In the south, the right to vote was denied to African American women even after the ratification of the 19th amendment because the amendment failed to address the state laws in the southern United States. 

In these southern states, only white women gained the right to vote. It was not until 1965 when the voting rights act established that the right to vote for people of all color and gender was allowed to vote.

These African American women took political activism by the reigns. They jumped into using all their tools to encourage participation in the first election they were able to vote in. 

 

After the election

Political activism and strides did not stop after the elections. Many African American women continued to build and create new legacies by working towards equity in all aspects of their lives that would inspire many generations to come. 

Be sure to head down to the UNI Museum to read about some of the amazing African American women who have sacrificed and worked hard to give us today's opportunities!

To learn more about this traveling exhibition visit, TOWARD A UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE: AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN IN IOWA AND THE VOTE FOR ALL

 
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