The 19th Amendment at 100

As a member of the Women’s Caucus of Art/Michigan Chapter I helped to present this exhibition—The 19th Amendment at 100: Women’s Voices Then and Now. The show ran January 24-February 29, 2020, at the Swords into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery in Detroit, Michigan ( Check out the Facebook page too ( Many thanks to all of the volunteers who worked hard to install, fortify, and tear down the exhibition!

One of our jurors, Amy Lazet, made an astute comment at the opening;

“In 1878, the 19th amendment was first introduced in Congress, but it wasn’t until August 18, 1920 that it was ratified.

Like the suffragettes, we are still fighting for legislation – in 2020, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, a constitutional amendment that was first proposed in 1923 but eventually (in the 1970s) stalled due to lack of state endorsement. Although this ratification might seem a monumental victory, whether the amendment will be instituted is not clear. What is glaringly obvious, however, is that much work remains to be done for women’s rights.

Many of the works included in this show reference not only the struggle of the early suffragettes to secure the right to vote, but other hurdles women have faced in the last century: issues surrounding reproductive rights, oppressive standards of beauty, sexual violence, and crushing political regimes. And yet, through all these impediments, women have not only survived, but flourished. The art you see here today celebrates victories, from those of our forebearers through to the present day.”

I had a wonderful time on Saturday, February 15th with a class of book makers! We learned how to make a simple book from folded paper, enhanced with markers, stickers, tape, and crayons. Each participant created a fascinating and unique statement about voting rights. Please VOTE this year!

Amendment XIX
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Our Jurors

Michelle Word
Michelle Word serves as the Director of Education at Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum. Ms. Word has been with MSU since 2006 and she is a practicing artist with a national exhibition record. Learn more at

Amy Lazet
Amy Lazet is the Visual Resources Specialist and an adjunct faculty member at the College for Creative Studies. Ms. Lazet focuses on the ethics involved in creating digital images as well as teaching art history. Learn more at…/…/amy-lazet

Dr. Clare Rogan
Clare Rogan has been Curator of Prints and Drawings at the DetroitInstitute of Arts since 2017. She previously worked as a curator at the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, and The Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. She has curated exhibitions on topics from 18th-century British caricature to contemporary photography. Her most recent exhibition at the DIA was From Camelot to Kent State: Pop Art, 1960-1975. Her publications includeKeiji Shinohara: Color Harmony (2007), complete with a catalogue raisonné. Rogan received a bachelor’s degree in Art and Archaeology from Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, and earned an M.A. and Ph.D in History of Art and Architecture from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

“Follow My Lead” by Jane Reiter

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