The year 2020 marks the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote. The MUUS Collection celebrates this historic centennial by taking a moment to reflect on where we are now.
In the words of American suffragist Alice Paul in 1920, “It is incredible to me that any woman should consider the fight for full equality won. It has just begun.”
From the archives, photographs of participants in a march along 5th Avenue for the 50th Anniversary of women’s suffrage remind us that the fight is not over. This 1970 demonstration in New York City not only commemorated the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also advocated for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment—a proposed amendment designed to guarantee equal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex. As of this writing, the Equal Rights Amendment has been ratified in 38 states, but has yet to be included in the United States Constitution.