Exhibit in Chatfield to feature century of civic engagement

To celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment, a traveling exhibit that features Minnesota's suffrage history and story, highlights the women who made voting rights happen, and gives recognition to the mission of the League of Women Voters Minnesota (LWVMN) will be on display in Chatfield Oct. 30 to Nov. 13.

The LWVMN created the traveling exhibit, called Celebrating a Century of Civic Engagement, that will be featured in the 1916 Gallery at the Chatfield Center for the Arts, 405 Main Street South. The hours for this free memorial exhibit are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and also on Nov. 2 and 9, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

On Sept. 8, 1919, the Minnesota Legislature voted to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote and ending the 72-year struggle for woman suffrage. The LWVMN began with suffragist Clara Ueland as its first president to help carry out the new work of empowering voters and defending democracy with women at the table and in the voting booth. One hundred years later, LWVMN continues to thrive as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization promoting good government and civic engagement throughout Minnesota.

The traveling display motivates visitors to educate themselves to vote, reminds them that democracy depends on their participation, and empowers them to act in defense of democracy. For more information, for groups wanting to visit the exhibit, and for volunteers wanting to help staff the exhibit contact LWV Fillmore County at lwvfillmorecty@lwvmn.org, and also visit the League of Women Voters - Fillmore County on Facebook.

In conjunction with the LWVMN traveling exhibit, "Legalize Equality," a 30-minute film produced by the Heroica Foundation and created by Kamala Lopez, will be shown in the Legion Room at the Chatfield Center for the Arts on Saturday, Nov. 2, 1 p.m. The movie streamlines critical information about the Equal Rights Amendment and makes a strong legal and economic argument for why completing the passage of the ERA is critical.

The film is free to the public and is sponsored by the Chatfield United Methodist Church and the LWV Fillmore County.



Yes, we fair-minded women and men are more than ready for equal rights to be in our U.S. Constitution so no one can ever dare try to say that discrimination against women is allowed by the Constitution. Nevada recently ratified the amendment in 2017 (where I worked on it as a grassroots organizer) and so did Virginia in 2018 and now we just need one more state to do so to reach the 3/4 of 50 states required. The Equal Rights Amendment will make it crystal clear to any Supreme Court judge who tries to rule otherwise. The Equal Rights Amendment includes this 24 basic words that are not open to misinterpretation:

“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”