The Historical Society of Carroll County is joining a national movement to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote. The Breaking Barriers exhibit examines the two largest women’s movements of the 19th and early 20th centuries: Temperance and Woman’s Suffrage.
The celebration is also a reminder that the work is not done. For example, women in the same occupations are often paid less than men, women are underrepresented on corporate boards and are in the minority in the technology industry. Like their predecessors, today’s trailblazing women will inspire future generations of young women to fully embrace and development their talents regardless of gender.
This exhibit begins with the temperance movement. Prior to suffrage, the temperance movement provided a forum for women to flex their political muscle through governmental channels. Next, we move into the suffrage movement. We focus on both the hardships and the successes to remind visitors that the vote was not easily attained. The exhibit then touches on the role of women in the Civil Rights Movement and a push in the 1970s for an Equal Rights Amendment. Lastly, the exhibit highlights current trailblazing women in Carroll County today.
Thank you for visiting!
Please note, appointments are required to visit the physical exhibit space located at 216 East Main St. Westminster, MD 21157
Please call 410-848-6494, ext. 200 to schedule your tour!