Stories Behind the Objects | Women’s Suffrage

Length: 5 minutes. Take a close-up look at a Museum of the Rockies artifact in 5 minutes or less! Brought to you by Lisa Verwys, Collections Manager and Registrar for Cultural History, this series explores the stories behind objects from the museum’s history collections.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which is often referred to as the amendment that gave women the right to vote (or women’s suffrage). Explore the fight for suffrage in Montana and how the ability of the people to organize that resulted in this change to the structures of power, governance, and authority. While it is important to celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment as a steppingstone toward voter rights and equality, unfortunately, this amendment did not necessarily give all women the right or the ability to vote.