DeGolyer Library Exhibits Special Collections

Women’s Voices, Women’s Votes

Women's suffrage ephemera

Today we celebrate Women’s Equality Day. It is celebrated in the United States each year on August 26 to commemorate the 1920 adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment, which prohibits states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex.


“Women’s Voices, Women’s Votes: An Exhibition Marking the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment” features over 100 objects from the collections of Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, Helen LaKelly Hunt, and the DeGolyer Library. The exhibit documents the history of the women’s rights movement, from the publication of Mary Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) through the 19th century and early 20th century, with emphasis on the roles women played first in the abolitionist movement and then in the suffrage movement.


We thank Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner and Helen LaKelly Hunt for their generous loans and enthusiastic support. We also thank Bonnie Wheeler and the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute, New Feminist Discourses and Social Change.

View the Online Exhibition
Suffrage sheet music
Suffrage sheet music

Video Introductions

Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute, New Feminist Discourses and Social Change

Lolita Buckner Inniss

Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner

Susanne Scholz

Crista DeLuzio

Bonnie Wheeler