The 19th Amendment extended the vote to American women in 1920 – the crowning achievement of a decades-long struggle by women nationwide to be part of the democratic process.
Yet, the story of women’s voting rights in New Orleans does not end in 1920. The amendment granted women the right to vote, but Louisiana laws excluded Black women. As white women went to the polls and increased their political participation in segregation-era New Orleans, African American women continued to fight for access to the ballot.
Learn more at THNOC’s “Yet She Is Advancing,” a free exhibition that runs April 28 through Nov. 5.