90th anniversary of women’s suffrage marked with museum exhibit, play

Women suffragists marching during the presidency of Woodrow Wilson.
Women suffragists marching during the presidency of Woodrow Wilson.

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A special performance Sunday night at the Los Angeles Heritage Square Museum recounts the history of the women’s rights movement. It's part of the museum's events commemorating the 90th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States.

Women won the right to vote in 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The play, "We Did It for You! Women's Journey Through History," emphasizes that efforts toward full equality predate that victory by centuries and continue today.

Actors portray 20 key characters from Anne Hutchinson in 1591 to Hillary Clinton in the present.

"You don’t have to be a woman to understand that what we have in our ability to influence our legislation was a hard-fought right," said Brian Sheridan with the Heritage Square Museum. It’s presenting an exhibit called "Their RIghts" that features Southern Californians who were instrumental in the suffrage movement.

"Some of these women put their lives on the line. When I read about 7 percent, 10 percent of people coming out in local elections, I think about these women who — against all odds — got others to side with them and really get that vote. To me, it’s an appreciation of just how far we’ve come and not taking that for granted."

The play is at 6:00 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 and RSVP is required. The exhibit continues through most of September.