When Women Lost the Vote: A Revolutionary Story, 1776 – 1807

When Women Lost the Vote: A Revolutionary Story, 1776 – 1807


August 22, 2020 – March 28, 2021
Included with regular Museum admission

Millions of American women were granted the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which marks its centennial in 2020. But more than a century earlier, women legally voted in New Jersey from 1776 – 1807. In a groundbreaking new exhibition, the Museum of the American Revolution will explore the little-known history of the nation’s first women voters—and examine how and why this right was ripped away in 1807. Featuring original objects including textiles, manuscripts, furniture, and art, as well as interactive elements and scenic environments, the exhibition will bring to life the forgotten stories of the women who first pioneered the vote. When Women Lost the Vote is an inspiring story that will encourage visitors to reconsider their understanding of the timeline of women’s history in America, but it is also a cautionary tale about one of America’s first voting rights crises.

Bank of America and Comcast NBCUniversal are Co-presenting sponsors of the exhibition.

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