Inside Out: Women, Fashion & Suffrage

2020 Inside Out Image
August 19, 2020 —October 29, 2021

Inside Out: Women, Fashion &
The Fight for the Vote
A Women's Suffrage Centennial Exhibition

When: August 19, 2020, through 2021
Where: HSRC History Center, 20 Zukor Road, New City
Admission: $5/person; children age 7 and under are free (due to COVID-19 conditions, admission is limited, and prepaid tickets are required)

Fashion served women as social currency for centuries and has been used to oppress as much as to express. By 1920, however, women were using fashion to proclaim their freedom and political independence. What may have been the most significant evolution in American women’s fashion happened alongside the ratification of the 19th Amendment as the New Woman proudly took her place in American society, dressed to the nines.

The struggle for suffrage affected American women’s lives both before and after they won the vote. In this special Centennial Exhibition, we mine the Historical Society of Rockland County’s collections to address questions about how the fight for women’s suffrage changed fashion, and how women’s fashion—and lives—changed in response to suffrage.

The exhibition runs from August 19, 2020, through 2020. It is open to the public by appointment only on Wednesdays-Fridays bewteen 1 and 4 pm during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Or call us at (845) 634-9629, Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 am-5 pm.


“Inside Out: Women, Fashion & The Fight for the Vote” was curated by HSRC Education Coordinator Jennifer Brooks and Museum Services Assistant Christine Kowalski. We thank HSRC Senior Historian Marianne Leese, HSRC Volunteer Clare Sheridan, Caretaker Bob Carroll, and Executive Director Susan Deeks for assistance with research and installation.

"Inside Out: Women, Fashion & The Fight for Suffrage" was made possible by a grant from the Office of the Rockland County Executive, Department of Economic Development and Tourism. We are grateful for the support. We also thank the Hon. Harriet Cornell, Rockland County Legislator, and Paulette Ross of the organization SuffrageForward for their personal support of this exhibition.


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