Celebrate history at one of these Fort Collins events commemorating women’s suffrage

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It’s been 100 years since women across the country gained the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. 

While the 19th Amendment was ratified in August 2020 nationally, Colorado was the first state in the nation to vote to enact suffrage in 1893.

In celebration of women’s rights and the history of women’s suffrage, several Colorado organizations are hosting events throughout the year.  

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Saluting 100 years of Women’s Suffrage Online Exhibit by the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. Free. Online now on Google Arts and Culture. The pioneer spirit of Colorado, coupled with the determination of local suffragists Ellis Meredith (the Susan B. Anthony of Colorado), Molly Brown and Sarah Platt-Decker resulted in the 1893 ratification of women’s suffrage into Colorado law. This made Colorado one of the first states to grant female citizens the right to vote. The exhibit explores the contributions of local activists as they earned the right to vote for the women of Colorado, then set their sights on enfranchising women across the nation. Explore the exhibit: http://bit.ly/SuffrageExhibit

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. the Dress: Clothing and Activism in U.S. Women’s History, Avenir Museum Gallery, CSU, now through May 23. Free. How did clothing shape perceptions of women’s rights activists in the U.S. before and after the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which legally allowed women the right to vote on a national level? From bloomers to bustles, purses to pantsuits, see how women’s fashion choices were used by the individual herself and others to define gender roles, as the year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of this moment in the long history of women’s rights. More information: http://bit.ly/RESPECTExhibit

Inspirational Women — Rising Through Adversity, Global Village Museum exhibit, now through Feb. 22. $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, $1 for youths and free for children 3 and younger. The Hall Gallery exhibit, curated by the Zonta Club of Fort Collins, will honor women who have risen from adversity to make a difference in

the lives of other women, according to the event’s website. More information: http://bit.ly/GlobalVillageExhibit

Fashioning Women’s Rights: Suffragists’ Political Style and its Visual Legacies, 7 p.m. March 12, Avenir Museum, CSU. Free. Dr. Einav Rabinovitch-Fox teaches courses in American culture and history, fashion, consumer culture and politics, and women’s and gender studies at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. In conjunction with the Avenir Museum’s exhibit  “R.E.S.P.E.C.T. the Dress: Clothing and Activism in U.S. Women’s History,” she will discuss women’s uses of fashion as a means of negotiating new freedoms and of expressing modern political and gender identities, along with how questions of beauty and appearance were an important part of feminist struggles and ideology during the 20th century. More information: http://bit.ly/AvenirLectures

We Will Not Be Denied, 7 p.m. April 23. Avenir Museum, CSU. Free. How a woman of 1920 dressed was very different from how a woman of 1900 dressed, and hemlines weren’t the only things that were contentious. Not only were women fighting about whether bustles were in or out, but they were also fighting for the right to vote. Suffragists used clothing strategically to make statements about their radical message, and prominent Denver socialite and philanthropist Margaret “Molly” Brown (1867-1932) was one of them. Join us for a fascinating guest presentation by staff from The Molly Brown House Museum on the local Colorado suffrage movement and Margaret’s involvement in the national movement at the turn of the 20th century, as seen through the evolution of women’s apparel 1900-1920. More information: http://bit.ly/AvenirLectures

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