Shining a Light: Women’s Fight for the Right

Open through Wednesday, August 26th

On June 4, 1919, Congress passed the 19th amendment. In 2020 and in support of the Frazier History Museum’s initiative and the city of Louisville, the Muhammad Ali Center will host Shining a Light: Women’s Fight for the Right celebrating the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment and the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. The exhibition will focus on women’s suffrage on a global scale in hopes that it will honor the women around the world who have fought and continue to fight for the right to vote without bias, without discrimination, without violence, and without fear. It will also explore the narrative of suffrage, and reflect on women who have fought, throughout history and all over the world, for political representation and the right to participate in politics in general.

ABOUT “SHINING A LIGHT”

“Shining a Light” is an annual international photography contest and exhibition hosted by the Muhammad Ali Center which leveraged its existing capacity to increase awareness around issues of human rights and social justice on local, national, and international stages in 2013.  Annually, the “Shining a Light” contest focuses on an aspect of gender equality, curates an exhibition of those photographs that opens in conjunction with International Women’s Day every year, and offers educational programming about the selected topic in order to enhance the audiences’ experience.

“Shining a Light” Featured Programming

Family Day :: Suffragette Sash Design
Saturday, March 21st :: 12:30-2:30pm

“Votes for Women” was one of the most popular and recognizable slogans used by members of the suffrage movement. Women wore these words proudly on their sashes as they marched for their right to vote. The Ali Center invites you and your family to celebrate women’s suffrage with us by designing your own “Votes for Women” sash!

Family Days are free and open to the public.

Family Day :: What Are You Fighting For?
Saturday, May 23rd :: 12:30-2:30pm

Muhammad Ali believed we all should have something to fight for. Come share what you care about by designing your own protest sign! This program is open and free to families.

“Iron Jawed Angels” Film Screening
Thursday, June 4th :: Doors open at 5:30pm

Defiant young activists take the women’s suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote. Doors open at 5:30pm. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. The film screening is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

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Women of the Movement
Saturday, July 25th :: 12:30-2:00pm

Interested in running for office? The Ali Center and The Political Women’s Council are partnering to help guide you through the political process with strategy and confidence. In this session, participants will gain the knowledge on how to run for office, how to frame their platform by sharing and discussing with their families, and the requirements for residency to filing. Fundraising, social media, and paid digital campaigns are other elements that will be covered during the event.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

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“Suffragette” Film Screening
Tuesday, August 18th :: Doors open at 5:30pm

In 1912 London, a young working mother is galvanized into radical political activism supporting the right for women to vote, and is willing to meet violence with violence to achieve this end.Doors open at 5:30pm. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. The film screening is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

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