Exhibition I Saw : Parading for Progress

For EXHIBITION I SAW, D’s Art Takes and Divvya Nirula bring you Top-Hit’s of Gallery and Museum Exhibits we’ve visited. Today we look at the National Women’s History Museum. And its exhibition : Parading Progress.

The National Women’s History Museum is an American entity founded in 1996. It is headquartered in Virginia, USA. The primary objective of the organisation is to highlight important women in American history. And to bring to the forefront their contributions. Parading for Progress is a digital exhibition presented by the Museum. It details stories of the 1913 Women’s Suffrage Parade and its front-runners.

Parading for Progress

The 1913 Women’s Suffrage Parade was held in Washington DC. The march was led by Alice Paul. Paul decided to hold the parade the same day of the Presidential inauguration of Woodrow Wilson. The parade and indeed the entire movement was aimed towards fighting for the political rights of women in America.

The online exhibition presented by the National Women’s History Museum is extremely well curated. It provides historical context of the movement. And uses images and text to explain its evolution. Apart from calling out the heroes and supporters, it also highlights the dissenting voices. All the stories and short biographies culminate into the story of how the 1913 parade came to be. And why this was a landmark moment for women in the political arena of America. To conclude, the show outlines the lasting impact of the parade. And how it continues to inspire women to parade for progress, even today. While women have come a long way in claiming the rights they deserve on a global platform, we still have a long way to go. The subject of this exhibition therefore will always be a relevant topic of discussion. And an important source of inspiration.


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