Celebrate the Suffragists and the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment with our adorable Suffragist doll! This doll gives vivid life to the time just a century ago when American women of many backgrounds took to the streets to secure the right to vote. New York women gained suffrage in 1917, and American women won full voting rights in 1920. Despite gaining the franchise, African Americans were presented with many obstacles to exercise their vote. It wasn't until the second half of the twentieth century that institutional and social barriers to full voting rights began to dissolve.
European American Suffragist Doll Available Here.
Black Dolls (February 25 -- June 5, 2022) explores handmade cloth dolls made primarily by African American women between 1850 and 1940 through the lens of race, gender, and history. Examining the formation of racial stereotypes and confronting the persistence of racism in American history. It features more than 100 cloth dolls, alongside dozens of historical photographs of white and Black children posed with their playthings and caregivers. A coda explores 20th-century commercial dolls marketed to a broader audience of Black families seeking to instill pride in their children. Through these humble yet potent objects, Black Dolls reveals difficult truths about American history and invites visitors to engage in the urgent national conversation around the legacy of slavery and race.