“Their Rights and Nothing Less” Commemorating the 90th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

June 19, 2010 - September 26, 2010

Heritage Square Museum presents “Their Rights and Nothing Less”. Complete with original, rarely-seen ephemera from the early years of the suffrage movement, a special section of the exhibit will be dedicated entirely to the efforts women in Los Angeles who led the fight.

The year 2010 marks the 90th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution—the right for women to vote. More accurately, the language does not reference women in the affirmative; what it does is not deny the right to vote based upon gender.

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

The 19th Amendment was proposed on June 4. 1919. Ratification was completed on August 18, 1920 by Tennessee, by a one-vote margin. It was certified on August 26, 1920.

The fight for women’s rights began much, much earlier. In 1792, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: With Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects was published by Mary Wollstonecraft, which responded to an issue even more basic and immediate than voting rights—the right—indeed the necessity for women to receive an education. Although almost inconceivable to think of now, this was considered a radical position which provoked a dramatic, although not necessarily negative, response. Starting with this simple idea, women have been fighting for equal rights ever since.

Curated by Mitzi March Mogul, Their Rights and Nothing Less will take a critical look at the incredible effort it took to gain that right and will include original artifacts from the early years of the struggle. Including ephemera and artifacts from a never-before-seen private collection, the exhibit is a must for every woman…and man.

The exhibition has been sponsored by Planned Parenthood (Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley, Inc.), Glendale Printing Center, and 9 to 5 – the National Association of Working Women.