The Rights of Women and the Legacy of the American Revolution
May 3 — September 13, 2020
The ideas and events of the American Revolution—while falling short of providing equal rights for women in the eighteenth century—inspired later generations to fight for civil liberties for American women. Delegates to the first women's rights convention, held in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848, used the Declaration of Independence as the basis for their Declaration of Sentiments. Seventy years later, their successors invoked rhetoric and figures from the Revolution in the fight for the Nineteenth Amendment. Through paintings, prints, and documents, this exhibition traces the impact of the Revolution on campaigns for women's rights through American history.