Women of the Nation, Arise!

Staten Islanders in the Fight for Women's Right to Vote

Staten Island Museum, 2020

Staten Island, New York

History exhibit commemorating the centennial of women's suffrage in the US.

Photos by Christine Cruz, courtesy Staten Island Museum

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View from entrance
View from entrance

The imagery that greets visitors depicts the historic flight of Staten Island suffragist Rosalie "The General" Jones who flew over in a biplane, dropping pamphlets promoting women's suffrage.

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Yellow pamphlets flutter above
Yellow pamphlets flutter above

Reproductions of the pamphlets Rosalie Jones scattered over Staten Island from a biplane.

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Introduction
Introduction

The wall mural depicts Staten Island suffragists posing in front of the rickety biplanes they flew in and scattered their pamphlets from.

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Section banner
Section banner

The exhibit is organized into sections: Educate, Organize, Agitate, Publicize, and Vote. Each section is marked with a banner I designed using historic photographs, colorized, cut, and collaged in a style inspired by contemporary feminist zines.

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Activity corner
Activity corner

Visitors are invited to create their own pennant in the style of the classic "Votes for Women" pennant waved by suffragists. In the background is a Suffragist Personality Quiz I created as a light-hearted way for visitors to identify with different aspects of the movement.

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Resource lounge
Resource lounge

In the center of the exhibition is a cozy spot to peruse literature about the women's suffrage movement.

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In the resource lounge
In the resource lounge

Another view of the resource lounge.

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Suffragist mannequin
Suffragist mannequin

The exhibit includes many historical protest objects including pennants, buttons, and a suffragist's ensemble complete with cotton dress, straw hat, leather boots, and linen duster.

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"Passing the Torch" video
"Passing the Torch" video

A video of local women lawmakers talking about the importance of the 19th Amendment. Click link to view on YouTube.

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