Women's Equality Day 2018

August 26-September 15 Admission Free

 American Women's Struggle  to Vote: 1840-1906

Gallery Main Street - 110 West Erwin

American Women's Struggle to Vote: 1840-1906 is Part I of III exhibits planned to tell the story of women's suffrage. 

  • Part I begins in Colonial America where women had no rights, extends through the First Woman's Convention, and then follows the story until the death of Susan B. Anthony in 1906, long before the constitutional amendment was approved.  
  • In 2019, the League of Women Voters plans to tell Part II, the Suffragette story from 1910 - 1920, which ends with the Congressional approval of the amendment. 
  • In 2020, we plan to tell Part III, the state ratification stories as the amendment moved toward certification on August 26th, 1920, which we celebrate now as Women's Equality Day. 

Please plan to attend this illuminating three-week exhibit to learn new details about the fight for voting rights and to be reminded of the sacrifices and tribulations of these courageous women and men.

View posters and documents related to the early stages of  the struggle to achieve suffrage in the United States, beginning in 1840, a struggle that would continue for seven decades until US women were granted the right to vote in 1920. The exhibit focuses on the early events, such as the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, and the leading characters in the early efforts of the fight: Lucretia.Mott,  Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony. It also covers the National Women's Rights Convention and the later National American Woman Suffrage Association.

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Ken Burns Film

Saturday, September 8 -1:30  Liberty Hall on the Square. Tyler

Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and Their Life-Long Fight to Bring Equal Rights to Women

Not for Ourselves Alone is the story of two women who made an immensely important mark in American history—Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Their fight for equality in a male-dominated society more than 100 years ago gets the exhaustive and respectful treatment it deserves in this 1999 film directed by documentarian Kea Burns. The film was produced for National Public Radio and station WETA and received a Peabody Award in 1999, given for distinguished achievement in television and radio.

For a chance to win box seat tickets to the film, attend the August 26, 2 pm Women's Equality Day celebration at the Tyler Public Library.



How Did Women's Equality Day Begin?

At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.”

The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.

The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities.