Truth Be Told: Stories of Black Women's Fight for the Vote

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The 19th Amendment was an important but incomplete victory in the struggle for women's voting rights. As we commemorate the 101st anniversary of the 19th amendment, we also have a responsibility to grapple with its complicated history and elevate the stories of courageous Black activists who challenged both sexism and racism in their long fight for the vote.

Welcome to Truth Be Told.
Melinda French Gates
Melinda Gates' signature.
Truth Be Told, a special edition of Evoke, is part of an effort to tell a more complete story about the 19th Amendment. This collection of historical artifacts highlights Black women's role in the movement for women's voting rights and the systemic racism they encountered along the way, including from white suffragists. We hope that learning more about these activists and their efforts to advance equality inspires you to continue their unfinished work.