Students celebrate anniversary of 19th Amendment at Nebraska History Museum

By J1 Reporter Mia Dunker

 

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A poster in the Votes for Women: Nebraska’s Suffrage Story exhibit at the Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln.

 

It’s been 100 years since the 19th Amendment was passed, giving women the right to vote. On Oct. 21, a group of students in Women’s Studies took a field trip to the Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln to visit an exhibit on women’s suffrage.

The group consisted of five girls taking Women’s Studies both first and second semester this year, as well as the class’s teacher, English and social studies teacher, Ms. Susie Sisson.

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Juniors Nicole Loeffler, Cadence Skiles, Katherine Corpuz, Mia Dunker, and senior Geonasha Agbeletey posing in the suffrage exhibit. (Photo courtesy of Ms. Sisson.

The exhibit centers around suffrage in Nebraska, but it also tells the story of suffragists from around the country. The exhibit opened on Aug. 16 and is at the museum until the beginning of 2021, and admission is free.

Senior Geonasha Agbeletey, a first semester student of the class who went on the trip, said the trip was, “very interesting, fun, and extremely informational.” Agbeletey said, “We learned about the suffrage movement in Nebraska

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Senior Geonasha Agbeletey and juniors Cadence Skiles, Katherine Corpuz, Mia Dunker, and Nicole Loeffler outside the Nebraska History Museum. (Photo courtesy of Ms. Sisson)

and that Nebraska would have been the first state to give women the right to vote, if it weren’t for people objecting.”

Junior Katie Corpuz, who is taking the class second semester, said that she enjoyed the trip, too. “At the exhibit, I was able to learn about how long the the women’s suffrage movement was. It lasted years to gain what they wanted and deserved.” Corpuz said she would visit the exhibit again if she had the chance.

Sisson said, “I thought [the exhibit] was very impressive.” Sisson had visited the exhibit on its opening night back in August. She decided to bring students to the exhibit. Sisson said it is important to learn about suffrage because, “The right to vote gives us a voice in our government and gives us a voice in our society.”

Sisson also said the group took the trip because the exhibit, “coincides with the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.”

Sisson also shared some of her plans for Marian’s celebration of the 100th anniversary. On Aug. 18, the day the amendment was ratified in 1920, Marian and the two other all-girls schools in Omaha, Mercy and Duchesne, will celebrate the anniversary with what Sisson calls a “leadership conference.” Sisson said that she is looking forward to celebrating the anniversary with the other schools.

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