"Determined to Rise" Exhibit Commemorates 100 Years of Grit and Grace

     Sims Library will host a panel discussion and exhibit opening for “Determined to Rise: The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Louisiana,” on Monday, June 28, at 3 pm on the third floor of the library. The popular traveling exhibit commemorates the challenges and triumphs of the women's suffrage movement on the 100th anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. The exhibit and discussion are free and open to the public.

     The exhibit features eight panels focused on Louisiana suffragists, the African-American woman’s experience with women’s suffrage, a timeline of significant events, laws pertaining to women’s rights after gaining the vote, and federal and Louisiana female politicians who have made their mark on history. 

     Members of the Centennial Women's Suffrage Project team will lead the discussion, including Dr. Carol Madere (Communication and Media Studies), Dr. Elizabeth Hornsby (Communication and Media Studies), and Dr. Sam Cavell (History and Political Science). 

     “The panelists will discuss Louisiana’s role in the suffrage movement, especially how it began, the women who advocated for it, and the societal forces that sought to defeat it in Louisiana,” said Angela Dunnington,  team member and librarian.

     “After a yearlong delay, we are thrilled to welcome the Centennial Women's Suffrage team as they tell this important story from Louisiana history,” said Janie Branham, Interim Director of Sims Library.

     The exhibit was developed by the Centennial Women's Suffrage Project team at Southeastern Louisiana University and with grant support from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Rebirth grant program. “Determined to Rise” will be on display at Sims Memorial Library until August 31. 

     The Centennial Women’s Suffrage Project launched at Southeastern Louisiana University in 2019. The team partnered with the National Women’s History Museum, Preserve Louisiana, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources regional program. The project leaders have engaged in scholarly discourse through presentations, panel discussions, a one-day conference, a virtual institute for K-12 educators, and a traveling exhibit.

     “Our future plan is to look at funding a documentary on Louisiana suffragists,” said Angela Dunnington. “We want to tell the Louisiana story and air that documentary on local television channels.”



Monday, June 21, 2021 8:23:19 AM CDT