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New York Historical Society Presents-The Battle for the Ballot: The Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York​


The second paragraph of the United States Declaration of Independence states that, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” For countless years this celebrated sentence was a reminder of America’s greatest triumph, and its most bitter irony. Although the United States was founded on a declaration of complete equality for its citizens, this guarantee was not universal and the treatment of women remained inherently unequal well into the 20th century due to gender biases. To enjoy such unalienable rights, you had to be a man.

New York Historical Society’s exhibit, the Battle for the Ballot, honors the Women’s Suffrage movement and its success in rectifying one of the most egregious chapters in American history. The reproduction of art and historical artifacts this teen curated exhibit demonstrates how the suffrage movement developed. Beginning at the monumental Seneca Falls Convention and outlining the various parades, protests and coalitions that occurred over the next half century, this exhibit illustrates that progress is not given, but fought for with determination and a steadfast resolve to right an obvious wrong.

As we cerebrate the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage we applaud those who were instrumental in the fight for ensuring that the unalienable rights American citizens hold so dear apply to all. Battle for the Ballot is made possible by the New York Council on the Arts with the support of Governors Cuomo and the NYC State Legislature.

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