Sims Memorial Library is hosting the popular traveling exhibit Determined to Rise: The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Louisiana, commemorating the challenges and triumphs of the women’s suffrage movement up to the 100th anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

The exhibit, which will be on view at Sims through Aug. 31, features eight panels focused on Louisiana suffragists, the African-American woman’s experience with women’s suffrage, a timeline of significant events, laws pertaining to women’s rights after gaining the vote, and federal and Louisiana female advocates who have made their mark on history.

The Centennial Women’s Suffrage Project team at Southeastern developed the exhibit with grant support from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Rebirth grant program.

The project launched at Southeastern in 2019. The team partnered with the National Women’s History Museum, Preserve Louisiana, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources regional program. The project leaders have engaged in scholarly discourse through presentations, panel discussions, a one-day conference, a virtual institute for K-12 educators, and a traveling exhibit.

“Our future plan is to look at funding a documentary on Louisiana suffragists,” said Angela Dunnington, librarian and project team member. “We want to tell the Louisiana story and air that documentary on local television channels.”

For more information, contact Dunnington at 985-549-3485 or at

By Tonya Lowentritt

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