A new UN global report shockingly revealed that nearly 90% of men hold some measure of bias against women. And to have just witnessed arguably the most qualified Democrat presidential candidate, Elizabeth Warren, being put in the ridiculous position of being asked whether she would endorse Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders, is surely enough to make any and every woman want to take a sledgehammer to the entire…”system.”
March is Women’s History Month. So it’s a 31-day period every year where we can all make a concerted effort to draw attention to these seemingly glaring inequities and injustices. And to that end, DC’s historic Hamilton Hotel (named for Eliza Hamilton) will this Thursday premiere it’s new Suffrage Suite: Women Win the Vote, honoring the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to pull the most important lever in America.
With photos, newspapers and narratives reminding us of the courage and determination of suffragists such as Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul, it is an exigent reminder that a century ago we made an epochal commitment to the advancement of women—but also a wake up call as to how, despite great successes, we have often failed in that endeavor.
Curated by Glamour Editor-in-Chief Samantha Barry (with a design by Terri Jannes Interiors), artifacts were culled from Freedom Forum‘s Newseum collection, and include a copy of Stanton and Anthony’s seminal women’s rights newspaper, The Revolution; a striking 1916 suffrage poster by activist Carrie Chapman Catt; an assortment of historical campaign buttons celebrating women; and the New Yorker magazine’s 2018 The Year of the Woman issue, paying tribute to the 116 women elected to Congress in that very same year—a fitting riposte Hillary Clinton’s questionable defeat in the 2016 presidential election.
“The fight for women’s suffrage is a remarkable story of the enduring power of the First Amendment to create change,” says Carrie Christoffersen, executive director of the Freedom Forum’s Newseum. “We are thrilled that visitors to the Hamilton Hotel can learn about the fearless women who won the right to vote after a decades-long struggle.”
Following the unveiling of the suite, Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, and senior advisor to the Obama Foundation, will lead a panel titled “Women’s Leadership on the Political Stage: Valerie Jarrett in Conversation with Samantha Barry,” 7:00pm at the hotel.