Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas

Suffragists marched with their daughters in the Votes for Women parade in New York City, May 4, 1912. Courtesy Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

“With high hopes and enthusiasm women stepped forth into a world in which they were CITIZENS AT LAST!” — Jane Y. McCallum, “Activities of Women in Texas Politics, II”

The ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920 ended the woman suffrage movement and represented a great victory for American women in their quest for the right to vote as U.S. citizens. Texas was the first state in the South to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment, a landmark moment for all who took place in the struggle for representation. Citizens at Last focuses on the twenty-seven-year campaign for woman suffrage in Texas with panel topics covering the national beginnings of the movement, early Texas leaders, anti-suffrage sentiments, efforts to amend the Texas Constitution, primary suffrage, and, finally, the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.


Based on the book Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas and on an earlier exhibition of the same name by the Woman's Collection at Texas Woman's University Library, this freestanding exhibition uses archival photographs, newspaper clippings, cartoons, cards, and texts to display the struggle for woman suffrage in Texas. Panel topics include:

  • National beginnings
  • Texas beginnings
  • Early Texas leaders
  • Revival of the movement
  • Efforts of Eleanor Brackenridge
  • Anti-Suffrage sentiments
  • Public crusaders, 1910–20
  • Primary suffrage in Texas 
  • Efforts to amend the Texas Constitution
  • Texas ratifies the Nineteenth Amendment

Citizens at Last is made possible in part by a We the People grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Exhibition Format

Content7 double-sided panels (24” x 47”)
16 support legs (78” tall)
Space Requirements150 square feet of floor space (12’ x 8’)
Shipping Weight and DimensionsTravels in 2 plastic cases:
  • 41” x 51” x 11” - 125 lbs.
  • 41” x 51” x 11” - 125 lbs.
Rental Fee*$550*
Rental Period4 weeks

*Rental fees are based primarily on the cost of shipping. Prices may vary based on current fuel surcharges or venue location within the state of Texas. Out-of-state rentals are priced on an individual basis. Please call for a rental fee quote specific to your venue.

Print Materials

A specified number of print materials are provided with this exhibition at no additional cost. Additional copies of these materials may be obtained for a nominal fee:

  • 1 copy Citizens at Last: The Woman’s Suffrage Movement in Texas book

Publicity Materials

Press release

Citizens at Last press release.

Publicity image

A publicity image is available for promoting this exhibition at your venue. Please contact the exhibitions coordinator to request an electronic file of this image. Please allow 2-3 business days for the exhibitions coordinator to process your request.

Humanities Texas logos

Venues may request a CD with the Humanities Texas logo in a number of electronic file formats for use when developing print and online promotional materials. Logo files are also available for download on the logo page.

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2021-2022 Bookings

Longview Public Library
Longview, TX

Harrison County Historical Museum
Marshall, TX

Sam Houston Memorial Museum
Huntsville, TX

The Museum of Southern History
Houston, TX

On Display

Panel Preview

The Campus Camera, April 31, 1915. Courtesy The Texas Collection, Baylor University Library.