Search form

Community Day: Women Fight for the Vote

Timed Activities: 10 am, Noon, 2 pm: Shall Not Be Denied exhibition tours Location: Exhibition entrance, Second Floor Explore the changing nature of the suffrage movement over its 72-year history, from conventions to a state-by-state strategy to confrontational tactics and a federal amendment, in this docent-led tour. The 10:00 am tour will be geared for families with children 12 and under. 10:30 am – 11:00 am: Performance - Mary Church Terrell Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground Floor Hear the story of Washington, D.C. native and suffragist Mary Church Terrell in this theatrical performance. The performance is presented by Sherrie Tolliver of the Women in History 11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Performance – Susan B. Anthony Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground Floor Hear Marjorie Goldman of The American Historical Theatre present the story of suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony in this one-woman show. 1:00-1:30 pm: Gallery Talk – Mothers and Daughters in the MovementLocation: Shall Not Be Denied exhibition, Second Floor Exhibition curator Elizabeth Novara will discuss the multigenerational nature of the suffrage movement, including the activism of suffrage leaders Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucy Stone and that of their daughters, Harriet Stanton Blatch and Alice Stone Blackwell. 2:00 – 4:30 pm Film Screening: Wonder Woman (2017, 141 minutes, PG-13) Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground Floor Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny. Starring Gal Gadot, this 2017 film is based on the Wonder Woman comics created in 1941 by feminist William Moulton Marston, who was inspired by suffragists and the suffrage movement. Ongoing Activities: 10:00 am – Noon: Explore! Cart Location: Great Hall, Floor Examine messaging in the suffrage movement through postcards, stereograph cards, and sheet music from the Library’s collection and through replica objects in this hands-on activity. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Transcription Cafe Location: Mezzanine, Second Floor Make the papers of suffrage leaders searchable and discoverable for generations to come. By The People, the Library's crowdsourced transcription project, invites you to explore, transcribe and tag digitized Library collections. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm League of Women Voters Location: Great Hall, First Floor The League of Women Voters was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt in 1920, to encourage newly enfranchised women to use their new power to help shape policy. The League today encourages informed and active participation in government. Learn about the League’s work, how to get involved in elections and voting rights issues, and even register to vote. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Young Readers Center Location: Ground Floor, LJ-G29 Explore picture books that tell the story of key figures from the suffrage movement and stories of women and girls who have changed the world, then make a button on an issue you care about based on items in the exhibition. Please request ADA accommodations at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or

Event Venue

Library of Congress - Thomas Jefferson Building

10 First Street SE
Washington, DC 20540
  • Saturday, July 13, 2019

Connect with WETA

  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest