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PAST EXHIBIT: A Voice of Her Own: South Carolina Women in Politics

PAST EXHIBIT – A Voice of Her Own: South Carolina Women in Politics

EXHIBITION CLOSED IN SEPT. 2020

Click HERE to explore a virtual version of this exhibit

It’s been 100 years since the 19th Amendment passed, which gave women the right to vote, and the South Carolina State Museum is honoring the 100th Anniversary with a new exhibit, A Voice of Her Own: South Carolina Women in Politics. From tribal women leaders, to our first female Governor, this exhibit utilizes objects, images and stories to explore how women engaged with the political history of our state.

Featured items include:

  • Native American scrapers and pottery.

  • Porcelain sherds from a colonial plantation.

  • Metal tag that an enslaved woman from Charleston was forced to wear.

  • Desk belonging to the first female postmaster in South Carolina.

  • Votes for Women banner used by a South Carolina college student.

  • Political pins promoting and opposing the Equal Rights Act.

  • Suits worn by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Chief Justice Jean Toal .

This exhibit encourages guests to look at history a bit differently. Instead of focusing on the role of men in the development of the state’s wealth and prestige, objects will give a closer look at the women who made that wealth and power possible. Guests will also see a wide variety of political material from the 20th century shows how women have always had diverse political opinions and concerns not captured within any one political party.