As part of Women’s History Month, First Lady Frances Wolf announced a new exhibit at the Governor’s Residence to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which in 1920 gave women across the country the right to vote. The exhibit, entitled Game Changers: Pennsylvania Women Who Made History, showcases 32 Pennsylvania women who made a significant mark over the last century.
“This exhibit tells the story of women who proved to be “game changers” in their respective fields, overcoming – as the suffragists who came before them – often insurmountable odds to impact positive change in Pennsylvania,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “Tom and I hope that this exhibit will serve as a reminder that we all must celebrate and continue to encourage younger generations of women to become leaders in their own professions and communities.”
Game Changers is a collaboration with the Office of the Governor, the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, and the Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. The exhibit will remain on display throughout 2019, after which it will move to The State Museum of Pennsylvania.
The display consists of portraits of women from across the state representing diverse fields including education, science, business, human rights advocacy, and the arts – and details the contributions they made as well as the challenges they faced. Also exhibited are several objects representing recipients of theDistinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania award, a program that has honored women across the commonwealth since 1949.
“Women have been an integral part of Pennsylvania from the beginning, but their achievements have often been unsung,” said Andrea Lowery, executive director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. “As we mark the 100th anniversary of Pennsylvania’s ratification of the 19th amendment, which a year later would give women the right to vote, we are pleased to call attention to a selection of remarkable Pennsylvania women from the last century. Whether already notable, or lesser known but deserving of more attention, their accomplishments inspire those who still strive to change the game.”
“We are honored to be a part of this vitally important exhibit honoring not only the legacy of these 32 women and their contributions but of all Pennsylvania women who have proven to be game changers in their own right,” said Dana Brown, executive director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University and member of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. “This exhibit showcases how far women have come over the last 100 years, but also reminds us that there is still much work to be done. We are so thankful to Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf for their commitment to improving the lives of Pennsylvania’s women and girls.”