importance of women’s suffrage

From the White House to the Workhouse to the Franchise

The Women’s Suffrage Museum’s mission is to portray women’s struggle for equal rights and the opportunity for a vote in our democracy. The site is considered hallowed ground for the suffragists and for the modern women’s movement. It will provide an historical context to the movement toward franchise and also provide individual stories of the women who helped bring about the ratification of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Struggle at the Workhouse The “Struggle at the Workhouse” exhibit, highlights one of the darkest periods of women’s history. It tells the story of the 1917 women suffragists who were force fed at the Occoquan Workhouse. The exhibit allows visitors to better understand the ordeal of these courageous women who were instrumental in gaining passage of the 19th Amendment.