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Radical Women Exhibit at the Newark Public Library
January 23 @ 6:00 pm - April 1 @ 6:00 pmFree
Radical Women commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which legally granted American women the right to vote. It illuminates the courage of New Jersey women who decided to challenge the social and legal restrictions on their lives. These women worked and fought for their rights and demanded visibility and justice for themselves and their communities.
Though not seen as radical today, the nineteenth and early twentieth century women’s rights movement exploded deeply held beliefs about women’s proper roles within the home and in the wider community.
Women’s rights were an emotional and heavily disputed issue with profound economic and political implications. For many women, achieving the vote was part of a larger struggle against racism, anti-immigrant sentiment, and economic exploitation.
Women from a wide variety of backgrounds petitioned and agitated relentlessly to get the vote. Suffragists included women who were rich and poor, Black and white, native born and immigrant. Sometimes in alliance with each other and sometimes in conflict, diverse women fought for equality and challenged the notion that a woman’s place was in the home.
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