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On August 26, 1920, women secured the right to vote with the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of this monumental chapter in American history, the First Lady asked children from all 50 states, and the District of Columbia, to showcase individuals, symbols, or events that represent this significant moment in history in her exhibit, titled Building the Movement: America’s Youth Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage.

The artwork in this gallery, selected by the First Lady, encompasses the children’s creative and inspiring thoughts. Each artwork represents a location where individuals came together to fight for women’s constitutional rights. The actions of these Americans resulted in a change for all of the women who would follow in their footsteps. Though they were far apart, together, they built the movement. The historic photographs that open and close this exhibit page serve as reminders of all of the suffrage parades, marches, and gatherings that took place outside the White House gates, most of which happened on Pennsylvania Avenue. This exhibit is presented by the Office of the White House Curator in partnership with the Office of the First Lady with support from the WSCC. Historic images courtesy Library of Congress.

As we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, it is my hope that this project will both support and expand the important conversations taking place on equality and the impact of peaceful protests, while encouraging children to engage in the history behind this consequential movement in their own home states.
— First Lady Melania Trump

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