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Mennello Museum Exhibit/Votes for Women-A Portrait of Persistence

Published on 10/15/2020




A Centennial Celebration of the 19th Amendment 

ORLANDO, FLORIDA [October 14, 2020] — The chronology of women's suffrage is a story of voting rights, of inclusion in and exclusion from the franchise, and of our civic development as a nation. Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence, a poster exhibition from the Smithsonian, celebrates the centennial of the 19th Amendment and explores the complexity of the women's suffrage movement and the relevance of this history to Americans' lives today. The Mennello Museum of American Art is very pleased to commemorate and present this historic exhibit. As the 59th Presidential Election approaches, we encourage everyone to honor the ideals that fueled the suffrage movement, learn about the trailblazers that sought to make women’s voices heard, and to exercise their right to vote. May the exhibit serve as an opportunity to reflect on the past, celebrate the advances enacted thus far and offer a renewed responsibility in the interest of equality and human rights.

The Mennello Museum of American Art, a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum, is delighted to share the Smithsonian's  virtual and poster traveling exhibition entitled Votes For Women: A Portrait Of Persistence on the occasion of  the 100th year of the 19th amendment providing voting rights for women. The in-person, free exhibition of posters  is featured on the Mennello Museum's front porch beginning now through election day, November 3. Visit them  during museum open hours, Tuesdays - Sundays, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (weather permitting). The virtual exhibition is  also available online through November 2020. Join us as we stroll through 100 pivotal years of suffrage. 

Continue your stroll through history and meet voting-rights heroes, as our neighbors at the Orlando Repertory  theater present Eric Coble’s “Vote?,” a fully-produced online play streamed directly to you, now through November 8. Stream Eric Coble’s “Vote?” here.

The crusade for women's suffrage is one of the longest reform movements in American history. Between 1832 and 1920, women citizens organized for the right to vote, agitating first in their states or territories and then, simultaneously, through petitioning for a federal amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Based on the National Portrait Gallery exhibition of the same name, Votes for Women seeks to expand visitors’ understanding of the suffrage movement in the United States. The poster exhibition addresses women's political activism, explores the racism that challenged universal suffrage, and documents the ratification of the 19th Amendment which prohibits the government from denying U.S. citizens the right to vote on the basis of sex. It also touches upon the suffrage movement's relevance to current conversations on voting and voting rights across America.

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery. This project received support from the Smithsonian  American Women’s History Initiative. 


The Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story, is one of the country’s most  ambitious undertakings to research, collect, document, display and share the compelling story of women. It will  deepen our understanding of women’s contributions to the nation and the world. More information about the  initiative is available at

Upcoming Events and Exhibits at Mennello Museum of American Art 

Fridays: Art @ Lunch Live // October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27 // 12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. (virtual via FB) Sunday, October 25: Yoga in the Sculpture Garden led by Full Circle Yoga Winter Park // 9 a.m. Saturday, November 7: White Canvas Party // 7 p.m. (virtual) 

Sunday, November 8: Virtual Free Family Fun Day // 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

January 22, 2021 – April 11, 2021: American Artists in the Southwest & American Paintings  from the Melanson Holt Collection 


About the Museum 

The Mennello Museum of American Art, owned and operated by the City of Orlando, is located on the  beautiful shore of Lake Formosa in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park. The museum provides residents  and visitors welcoming opportunities to understand and value creativity through innovative experiences with  art further connecting it to nature and communal gathering. Our goal is to encourage creative and diverse  experiences with art that nurtures audiences while reflecting the dynamic relationship between art and  society. In addition to housing the permanent collection of folk modernist Earl Cunningham, the museum  presents temporary exhibitions that feature a broad range of American art from traditional to contemporary  practices. 

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The Mennello Museum is located at 900 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803.  

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The exhibitions and the Mennello Museum of American Art are generously supported by the City of  Orlando and Friends of The Mennello Museum of American Art. Additional funding is provided by  Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program and United Arts of Central  Florida. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs  and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.