Judy Petrie of Long Prairie stopped by the Wadena Depot during the opening week of the 12 panel exhibit from the League of Women Voters: A Century of Civic Engagement. She shared her mother was 30 years old when women were finally given the right to vote.

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On display is a short video on Women’s Voices on the Vote, excerpts from the Women in Politics in Wadena County oral history project as well as transcripts from all 18 interviews including Kyra Ladd, Bridget King, Diane Leaders and more.

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Judy Petrie of Long Prairie stopped by the Wadena Depot during the opening week of the 12 panel exhibit from the League of Women Voters: A Century of Civic Engagement. She shared her mother was 30 years old when women were finally given the right to vote.

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Centennial of women's right to vote: Exhibit on display at the Wadena Depot

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by Trinity Gruenberg

trinity@inhnews.com

Women didn’t always have the right to vote. The battle for the ballot was fought for 72 years, resulting in the 19th amendment in 1920. August 26 will mark the 100th anniversary for women’s right to vote. 

The Wadena County Historical Society is hosting an exhibit created by the League of Women Voters (LWV) Minnesota that will be on display at the historic Wadena Depot through August 31. 

A Century of Civic Engagement

To celebrate the 19th Amendment’s centennial year, the League of Women Voters Minnesota created a traveling exhibit to recognize the organization’s mission and history over the past century. Exhibit visitors will discover that:

“Growing from the deep roots of the suffrage movement in the 19th century, Minnesota’s non-partisan League of Women Voters uses a statewide network of local chapters to encourage informed and active participation in government, register and empower voters, work to increase understanding of public policy issues, cultivate women leaders, and influence public policy through education and advocacy.”

Specifically, the goals of the 12-panel exhibit are:  To recognize and celebrate a century of activism by LWV Minnesota; to recall our history through a lens of diversity, equity and inclusion; to activate visitors to educate themselves and to vote; to remind visitors that democracy depends on their participation; to empower visitors to act in defense of democracy. . . . 

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