Opens August 16, 2019–January 31, 2021
Commemorating the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Any Great Change documents how women gained the vote and the ways they have used political power over the last century. In 1853, suffragist and abolitionist Lucretia Coffin Mott had stated, “Any great change must expect opposition.” Convened by abolitionists Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1948, the Seneca Falls Convention marked the beginning of the suffrage movement in the United States. Over the next 72 years, women and men fought for – and against – women’s social, civil, and moral rights, including women’s right to vote. By the late 19th century, Georgia suffragists had organized state branches of the larger, national organizations and began to campaign and organize support around the state. This exhibition explores the struggle for women’s suffrage as well as the key groups, their strategies and leaders, and the impact of Georgia women on politics once they gained the vote.