Interpreting the Legacy of Women’s Suffrage at Museums and Historic Sites offers a guide for an updated historic narrative that is inclusive of the full breadth of the movement, including the pervasive bias and racism. Acknowledging the barriers faced by history practitioners, from the difficulty in finding materials that document the political actions by women of color, to our own reluctance to broach this disparity, this book offers practical solutions and techniques for bringing about a larger shift in organizational culture.
Including a chronological primer on the US women’s suffrage movement and the events around the 50th, 75th, and finally the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment that took place in 2020, the book also features case studies from 4 historic sites doing this work. Each organization is moving forward to confront the racist tactics, or documented racism within their own history. The case studies can be used as models for best practices, cautionary examples of lessons learned, and can be replicated at sites of all sizes.
Author Page Harrington is the former Executive Director of the National Woman’s Party at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument. Join us as we talk with her about our own work to honestly face our history and look to a future of more equitable stewardship of our sites and stories.