We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia

The Library of Virginia’s current exhibition, We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia commemorates the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing women the right to vote.

Please note that while the exhibition gallery is currently closed due to the pandemic, the We Demand exhibition has been extended through March 2021 to allow for public viewing when the Library reopens.

Exhibition Gallery and Lobby are located at 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA
Parking is available under the building.

Since our gallery has been closed to help stop the spread of Covid-19, exhibition staff have created short videos highlighting sections of the exhibition. Check them out in our Suffrage playlist on YouTube.

Sample of a suffrage-themed quilt from Gerry Krueger, created in 2013.

The Library of Virginia is issuing a CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for textile banners addressing the theme of Women’s Suffrage. Our goal is to involve Virginia’s artist and artisan communities in creative expression around women’s suffrage and equality, both historic and current. Find out more HERE.

Virginia suffragists were a remarkable group of talented and dedicated women who have largely been forgotten. 
Learn more about these women who campaigned for the vote.

photographs of Adele Clark, Emma Kelley, Elizabeth Lewis, Sophie Meredith, Kate Langley Bosher
Adele Clark, Emma Kelley, Elizabeth Lewis, Sophie Meredith, Kate Langley Bosher

Explore our timeline of the campaign for woman suffrage in Virginia.

Listen to excerpts from suffragists and anti-suffragists as they explain their opinions about votes for women.

Check out our posts on woman suffrage at the Library’s blog, The UncommonWealth.

Map of known Equal Suffrage League of Virginia chapters.
Map of known Equal Suffrage League of Virginia chapters.

Learn more about the local chapters of the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia with our map.

Equal Suffrage League of Virginia letterhead

Make some history! Help us transcribe the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia Records HERE.

The Campaign for Woman Suffrage in Virginia is a new book, available in The Virginia Shop, that explores the remarkable achievements of women who fought for the right to vote in the commonwealth. Authors Brent Tarter, Marianne E. Julienne, and Barbara Batson—whose research unearthed new information and discovered women who have never before appeared in history books—are also the curators of the Library of Virginia’s exhibition We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia.