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Resolution RS2019-48

A resolution celebrating the Votes for Women Project, a permanent exhibit set to open at the Nashville Public Library in Spring 2020.

WHEREAS, the Metropolitan Council, in collaboration with the Council’s Women’s Caucus and the Mayor’s Council on the State of Women, will bring a series of Resolutions honoring the women’s suffrage movement to honor the Centennial celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in August 2020; and

WHEREAS, Tennessee played an important role in the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th to ratify the 19th Amendment – the final state necessary for it to become law; and

WHEREAS, in recognition of the 100-year anniversary of women’s right to vote, the Nashville Public Library will unveil its Votes for Women room; and

WHEREAS, the Votes for Women room, opening in Spring 2020, will be a permanent exhibit and include interactive elements. It will be housed at the Main Library in downtown Nashville; and

WHEREAS, the exhibit will cover Nashville’s role in the women’s suffrage movement, including the stories of suffragists and anti-suffragists who came to Nashville in 1920 in an attempt to influence the state legislature; and

WHEREAS, The Votes for Women Project is an interactive exploration of the power of women and girls, the power of voting, and the power of power itself; and

WHEREAS, Nashville is hallowed ground where women across America won their right to vote when Tennessee lawmakers cast a tie-breaking decision to ratify the 19th Amendment in downtown Nashville; and

WHEREAS, the exhibit will declare the Power of Women who fought for the 19th Amendment changed the way future generations of women and girls could be heard and counted in our country; and

WHEREAS, a century later we recognize that we must reflect on what are we fighting for, which voices must still be heard and who must still be counted; and

WHEREAS, this historic exhibit would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of Margaret Behm, Jeanie Nelson and Juli Mosley; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that the Metropolitan Council celebrates the Votes for Women Project at the Nashville Public Library.


Section 1. That the Metropolitan County Council hereby goes on record as celebrating the Votes for Women Project, a permanent exhibit set to open at the Nashville Public Library in Spring 2020.

Section 2. This resolution shall take effect from and after its passage, the welfare of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.


Nancy VanReece, Ginny Welsch, Kyonzté Toombs, Jennifer Gamble, Erin Evans, Sharon Hurt, Courtney Johnston, Joy Styles, Gloria Hausser, Tanaka Vercher, Kathleen Murphy, Burkley Allen, Tonya Hancock, Emily Benedict, Delishia Porterfield, Sandra Sepulveda, Antoniette Lee, Angie Henderson, Zulfat Suara, Mary Carolyn Roberts, Thomas Cash, Jeff Syracuse, Bob Mendes, Larry Hagar, John Rutherford, Robert Swope, Bob Nash, Russ Bradford, Brett Withers, Colby Sledge

Legislative History

Referred toRules, Confirmations, & Public Elections Committee

IntroducedOctober 15, 2019

AdoptedOctober 15, 2019

ApprovedOctober 16, 2019

By:Mayor Cooper's signature

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Last Modified: 10/25/2019 12:53 PM