Women and Politics


Failure is Impossible Film:




Empowered to Fight

Presented by PNC and WRHS in collaboration with the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland,

Women and Politics will trace the story of women’s empowerment, exploring the early days of the suffragist

movement, the successful fight for the 19th Amendment, the birth and growth of the League of Women

Voters as a force for clean government and the election of northern Ohio women to positions of power

on the local, state and national levels.

Empowered to Vote

Women & Politics will be accompanied by a series of programs for schoolchildren and general audiences.

Its presentation in an election year will significantly boost its appeal to a wide public audience.

Throughout WRHS, in both permanent and temporary exhibits, special attention will be given to

stories, images and artifacts that present new perspectives about the roles women played in shaping

our history. Exhibits on commerce, industry, fashion, and even the auto world will all highlight the impact

women have had in so many areas.

Empowered to Lead

Women & Politics will encourage visitors to explore the experiences and significant contributions of

women, African Americans, and immigrants in the fight to win the right to vote. Their struggle, determination,

and triumph will inspire advocacy and action to use the the power of voting to continue to make a difference.

WRHS also served as the Regional Coordinator for the State of Ohio Women Suffrage Centennial organized by the Ohio History Connection, the historical society for the State of Ohio.


Suffrage Centennial Resources



Presented by PNC in partnership with WRHS and the League of Women Voters



Thank you to our exhibit sponsors:


PNC Bank
Ohio & Erie Canalway Association
The George Gund Foundation
The Louise H. and David S. Ingalls Foundation
The Milton & Tamar Maltz Family Foundation
Alton F. and Carrie S. Davis Fund of the Cleveland Foundation
The Lillian Emmons Family Fund
Betty Kemper
Third Federal Foundation
Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation
The Sherwin-Williams Company
The Sherwin-Williams Company Women’s Club


WRHS is a proud recipient of funding from the State of Ohio and gratefully acknowledges the 

citizens of Cuyahoga County for their support through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.