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The Women's Museum Celebrates the 90th Anniversary of the Passing of the 19th Amendment on Wednesday, August 25

Although Texas ratified the 19th Amendment, also call the “Susan B. Anthony” Amendment, on June 28, 1919, it took another year before three-fourths of the states ratified the amendment, successfully declaring August 26, 1920, as the day women gained the right to vote across America. The Women’s Museum is celebrating the 90th Anniversary of women’s suffrage with a day of celebration on Wednesday, August 25.

The day begins at City Hall for the Women’s Equality Day Event at noon for the Women’s Issues Network (WIN), The League of Women Voters and Women’s Council of Dallas County’s celebration and then moves to The Women’s Museum where Liz Abzug, daughter of Bella Abzug and co-founder of The Bella Abzug Leadership Institute and viewing of a photographic installation of the First National Women’s Conference in 1977 in Houston, Texas.

Schedule

1 – 2 p.m. Lunch

2 – 3 p.m. SPEAKER: Liz Abzug, “Women, Power, Politics and Leadership – Isn’t It Time We Achieve Our Equal Share of Seats at the Table?”

3 – 5 p.m. Open conversation with others and vintage movies will continue until Museum closing at 5:00

Liz’s mother, Bella Abzug, paved the way for the 1977 National Women’s Conference by authoring a bill which provided its funding. With a $5 million budget (less than a nickel for each female in the country), regional meetings were then held in each state to choose delegates and to vote on potential planks for inclusion in the National Plan. She presided over the conference and also pressed Congress to designate August 26 as Women’s Equality Day in 1971. The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote.

The Bella Abzug Leadership Institute’s (BALI), co-founded by her daughter, Liz Abzug, mission is to utilize the signature leadership skills of the late New York Congresswoman Bella S. Abzug to mentor and train high school and college women. To help develop the confidence and skills they need to be effective, dynamic and visionary leaders as well as active and creative participants in civic, political, corporate and community life.

To reserve your lunch, go to www.thewomensmuseum.org and click on the calendar of event section. You can also contact Denita Powell Malvern at Denita.powell@thewomensmuseum.org or 214-915-0890.

*Please note: If you do not wish to pre-purchase a lunch online or by phone, you can bring your lunch with you or join us at 2 p.m. for the program.

Exhibition Coinciding with Program

Open through August 31, 2010

Women on the Move: The First National Women’s Conference, images from the First National Women’s Conference in Houston in 1977 by the official photographer Diana Mara Henry.

Diana Mara Henry, a graduate of Radcliffe in 1969, was the official photographer for the first National Women’s Conference held in Houston, Texas, in 1977. In this role she had unlimited access to many of the crucial women of the 1970s women’s movement. Henry captured this important moment in history with the candid images that can be seen within the exhibition. Vivid photographs of former first ladies, feminists and many other women attendees help document this event, many of which have appeared in books, magazines, government documents, and even a play.

The Schlesinger Library for the History of Women in America at Radcliffe College, Henry’s alma mater, has a collection of her photographs which they began collecting in 1976. Her work as official photographer of the President’s Commission on International Women’s Year is also in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Archives. Women on the Move has been exhibited at the Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York, Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and at the Schlesinger Library, in Cambridge Massachusetts, and now, the national women’s history museum, The Women’s Museum, in Dallas, Texas.

Henry photographed other major political events in the 1970s such as the Democratic National Conventions of 1972 and 1976, as well as the campaigns of Eugene McCarthy, George McGovern, Bella Abzug, and Elizabeth Holtzman.

More information available at www.dianamarahenry.com.

The Women’s Museum, celebrating a decade of empowering women in association with the Smithsonian Institution, is the nation’s only comprehensive women’s history museum that chronicles the lives of American women through interactive exhibits. The Women’s Museum is supported, in part, by the City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs. Equality Day Celebrations are sponsored by AT&T Yellow Pages. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m. (closed Mondays). For more information, please visit www.thewomensmuseum.org.

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