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A Voice of Her Own: South Carolina Women in Politics

Admission

This exhibit is free with museum general admission or membership.

Adult (13-61): $8.95
Seniors (62 +): $7.95
Children (3-12): $6.95
Infants 2 and under: FREE

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A Voice of Her Own: South Carolina Women in Politics

Now Open through Sept. 27

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.


Related Programs and Events

Virtual Cocktail with a Curator
Posts to
Facebook and YouTube Every Wednesday in August
This series of videos includes the museum’s Curator of Cultural History, JoAnn Zeise, taking an in-depth look at some of the objects and stories in the exhibit while featuring up a specialty cocktail.

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Virtual Film Screening with Q & A – “I Am Somebody”
Tues., Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m.

The State Museum is hosting its first virtual movie screening and discussion. In conjunction with the exhibit A Voice of Her Own we will watch the 1969 documentary “I Am Somebody” about the Charleston hospital workers strike with a Q & A to follow led by Dr. Felice Knight of the Citadel. Registration is required and capacity is limited. Click here to learn more and register.


Virtual Book Club – “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd
Sat., Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m.

In conjunction with the exhibit A Voice of Her Own the museum will host a virtual discussion of the book, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, led by Curator of Cultural History, JoAnn Zeise and other museum staff members. Registration is required and capacity is limited. Click here to learn more and register.