Marching to Victory:
East Tennessee’s Role in Votes for Women
StatusAugust 18, 2020 to November 29, 2020
GalleryEast Tennessee Streetscape
Future First Lady Abigail Adams expressed this sentiment to her husband, John, as he and other members of the Continental Congress were laying the groundwork for the United States. She was rightly concerned that women’s rights would be left out of the new nation’s laws. At that time, only a white woman without the “guardianship” of a man could own property, sign contracts, and file lawsuits. As soon as she married, her rights were forfeit. Yet, marriage was almost inevitable for women, as it was a societal expectation and quite often a financial necessity. Despite Mrs. Adams’ plea, it took 144 years and a “rebellion” before the federal government “remember[ed] the ladies” with the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution.
The final “march to victory” for this historic piece of legislation took place in Tennessee. Experience the suffragists’ steps at the Museum of East Tennessee History through November 29, 2020.
Zoom Through East Tennessee: Gallery Tour of “Marching to Victory”
Based on the research of Hannah Rexrode, ETHS Education & Volunteer Programs Manager
Dedicated to Wanda Sobieski for her tireless efforts to promote the history of woman suffrage