Some Day is Now: Women, Art & Social Change

Marking the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in America, Some Day is Now: Women, Art & Social Change presents iconic American female artists whose work advocates for social empowerment and change.

During the 1800s, members of the American women’s suffrage movement developed peaceful, democratic strategies to promote women’s right to vote. In addition to staging lectures, publications, and parades, they utilized eye-catching visual media in the form of protest banners, posters, pins, and sashes. These objects communicated thought-provoking messages, educated the public about women’s suffrage, and galvanized support throughout the nation. As part of these efforts, the 19th Amendment was introduced in Congress in 1878, seeking to establish women’s right to vote. Forty years later, in 1920, the amendment was officially adopted into the American Constitution. That November, more than 8 million women across the United States voted in elections for the first time.

While the 19th Amendment represents a landmark achievement, the fight for women’s rights, human rights, and social justice continues today. Some Day is Now: Women, Art & Social Change features over twenty artists including Yoko Ono, Jenny Holzer, and the Guerrilla Girls, who combine language, text, and image to express hope, enact change, raise awareness, and give voice to their beliefs. Installed with historic ephemera from the women’s suffrage movement, and employing similarly direct and impactful visual strategies, their works communicate words of action and empowerment for women as well as people of all genders, races, and ethnicities.