Going Beyond Suffrage

With strength and endurance, women have marched throughout the history of our country to battle injustice and demand equal treatment from the government.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The power of the First Amendment allows citizens to peacefully stand together and publicly demand they be heard by people in power.

The new exhibit at the Women’s Museum of California examines the impact women’s marches had on United States history. Marching Towards Empowerment: Beyond Suffrage will be on display at the Women’s Museum in Liberty Station starting November 2nd, 2018 through January 27th, 2019.

As visitors walk through this new exhibit they will walk within the footsteps of the fearless women who marched for equality, voting rights, labor reform, peace, reproductive rights, and the end of sexual violence. On display will be items from the Women’s Museums’ collection including suffrage memorabilia, artifacts from ERA and NOW marches in the 1960s and 70s, and over 50 signs from the 2017 Women’s March.

After the 2017 Women’s March, the Museum put a call out for donations for march signs in order to preserve the incredible moment in women’s history.  The exhibit places the Women’s March them into the greater context of women organized protests. Women led protests is a theme throughout the history of our country from the women who organized boycotts of British goods during the American revolution all the way up to the current Women’s March movement.

Marching Towards Empowerment celebrates the legacy of women who protested and stood up to their government and demanded change. With every step they took these women pathed a path forward and ensured that our country lives up to our most prized ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This exhibit encourages visitors to stand up for what they believe in and create positive change in their communities.

The mission of the Women’s Museum of California is to preserve women’s history and serve as an educational resource for the community. Through it’s original exhibits, educational programming, and community engagement the Women’s Museum of California strives to bring untold stories of remarkable women to light. The Museum is located in Liberty Station at 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16 San Diego, CA 92106.  

Admission to the Museum is $5 and is free for military and children under 12.


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