Votes for Women

The Legacy of the 19th Amendment


The Votes for Women Room was created to mark the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the constitution. This permanent exhibit explores a range of topics surrounding democracy, political movements, and women’s role in society through videos, interactive exhibits, a timeline, and interpretative panels.

Trace historic moments in American women’s history, as well as national and international events related to voting and human rights, along the Centerpiece Timeline. Learn more about Tennessee’s pivotal role in the ratification and important themes on race and culture wars through videos featuring writer Elaine Weiss. Discover the tactics and strategies people used in the “Anatomy of a Movement” interactive exhibit – and see how those strategies are used by today’s activists.

A crucial focus of the Votes for Women Room is the Truth-Telling project featured in the Race section. This award-winning and thought-provoking digital exhibit is on permanent loan from the Frances Willard House Museum and is a reconciliation project on racism within historic women’s movements.

Challenge yourself in our Video Library section with videos from the past one hundred years featuring a diversity of women and range of topics covering political activity.

We are proud to have played a key role in curating this space. You can watch the powerful video celebration on NPL YouTube. For more information about the room and specific events, please visit

Ways to Get Involved

Plan Your Visit

The Votes for Women Room is located at Nashville Public Library’s Main Library. Go to the 2nd floor, proceed to the North end of the building. The Votes for Women Room is inside the Nashville Room. It is open during all open hours of Main Library. If you cannot attend in person, be sure to check out the virtual tour.

Donate to the Honor Roll

Honor a woman in your life with a gift to Votes for Women project. For $250, her name will be displayed as a member of our Honor Roll on a digital sign in the room.