‘Toward a Universal Suffrage’ Traveling Exhibit

Celebrate Iowa’s diversity and history with an exhibit about Iowa’s African American suffragists

Sue M. Wilson Brown
Sue M. Wilson Brown

“Toward a Universal Suffrage” is a traveling exhibit that honors and celebrates the contributions of African American women in Iowa to the women’s suffrage movement.

The exhibit includes:

  • Profiles of five African American suffragists in Iowa
  • An overview of African American women’s suffrage
  • A timeline and history of African American voting rights
  • A map of African American suffrage locations in Iowa

The exhibit is available for display at organizations and events around the state, including schools, museums and libraries. To request the exhibit for your organization or event, please complete this form.

“Toward a Universal Suffrage” is a collaboration between the Iowa Department of Human Rights’ Office on the Status of Women, the Central Iowa Community Museum and the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics.

Upcoming Tour Locations – Check back for 2023 tour dates and locations

Previous Tour Hosts

  • African American Museum of Iowa
  • Ankeny Kirkendall Public Library
  • Carnegie-Stout Public Library
  • Davenport Public Library
  • Drake University Cowles Library
  • Hard Won Not Done: 19th Amendment Centennial Celebration Statewide Kickoff and Closing Events
  • Hiawatha Public Library
  • Iowa Department of Human Rights Day on the Hill
  • Kinship Brewing Company
  • Kirkwood Community College
  • Lied Public Library – Clarinda
  • Lied Public Library – Essex
  • Living History Farms
  • Loras College Library
  • North Iowa Area Community College
  • Oelwin Public Library
  • Shenandoah Public Library
  • Sioux City Public Museum
  • State Historical Museum of Iowa
  • Thomas L. Hill Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity
  • University of Dubuque
  • University of Northern Iowa Rod Library
  • Urbandale Public Library
  • Waterloo Public Library
  • Waukee Middle School

Questions to Consider discussion guide (PDF)

HF802 FAQs regarding the exhibit (PDF)