HARRISVILLE – On July 20, the Alcona County Library Harrisville Branch will host a new pop-up exhibition from the National Archives, Rightfully Hers, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. 

Rightfully Hers contains simple messages exploring the history of the ratification of the 19th amendment, women’s voting rights before and after the 19th, and its impact today. Despite decades of marches, petitions, and public debate to enshrine a woman’s right to vote in the constitution, the 19th Amendment – while an enormous milestone – did not grant voting rights for all. 

The challenges of its passage reverberate to the ongoing fight for gender equity today. This exhibit runs through August 31. In September, “Rightfully Hers” may be viewed at the Lincoln Branch of the Alcona County Library. 

“The ratification of the 19th Amendment was a landmark moment in American history that dramatically changed the electorate, and although it enshrined in the U.S. Constitution fuller citizenship for women many remained unable to vote,” said Rightfully Hers co-curator Jennifer N. Johnson. 

“We are excited to have this quality display from the National Archives at the Alcona County Library. The ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment is truly a pivotal moment in American History. This exhibit also explains the times various women were allowed to vote through the 20th Century. Rightfully Hers is a well done tribute to the people in history who struggled to make this a part of the US Constitution” said Denise Bearre , Director of the Alcona County Library.

Rightfully Hers is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the National Archives has launched a nationwide initiative and major exhibition that explores the generations-long fight for universal woman suffrage. 

The exhibition is presented in part by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission and the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, Carl M. Freeman Foundation in honor of Virginia Allen Freeman, AARP, and Denise Gwyn Ferguson.