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100 Years of Ohio Women’s Activism


10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Ohio History Center

800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

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Join us for 100 Years of Ohio Women’s Activism as we kick-off our yearlong commemoration of the passing of the 19th Amendment. This amendment gave many women the right to vote by making it illegal to discriminate against voters on the basis of sex. This major victory was only the beginning for women’s activism. You’ll have the chance to learn more about women’s suffrage and activism – from the state’s earliest days to now. 

Modern Activists in Conversation* • 2–3 p.m.Hear from three women featured in the traveling exhibit Ohio Women Vote: 100 Years of Change talk about the 19th Amendment and the activism it’s inspired in their own lives.  Check back soon for the registration link for the Modern Activists in Action panel discussion. 

Moderated by Dr. Katherine Jellison, chair of Ohio University’s History Department and an expert in first ladies, gender in politics and women’s studies, with panelists Rhiannon Childs of the Ohio Women’s Alliance, 2016 Women’s March Ohio executive director; Paula Haines, executive director of Freedom a la Carte, a nonprofit that provides survivors of sex trafficking with support services and job training in the food service industry; and Julia Applegate, director of Equitas Health Institute at Equitas Health, where she leads LGBTQ+ health education, research and community engagement efforts to improve the health and wellness of LGBTQ+ communities across Ohio.

10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Check out archival material relating to women’s suffrage and activism.

11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Take a tour and learn more about the diverse experiences of Ohio women through objects on display.

Ongoing Activities

Play Your Part–Talk with representatives from women’s organizations throughout Ohio like League of Ohio Women Voters, Ohio Women's Alliance, Kaleidoscope Youth Center, Matriots, Kylie Dreamz and many more.
Speak with a suffragist from 1919 and hear how she plans to win the vote for women.
Make your own protest banner or sash.
Check your voter registration status.Included with general admission.

*This program is included with admission, but reservations are required due to limited capacity.