Women’s Equality Exhibition To Debut At National Constitution Center

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National gender equality project, Vision 2020, announces 102 women delegates who work to continue the work of the suffragists by the centennial of the 19th amendment in the year 2020.

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What they’ve done and what remains to be done by today’s women – that will be the twin focus of this exhibit.

Titled “From the Absence of Many to the Presence of All,” a one-of-a-kind exhibit showcasing the uneven journey of American women through history will soon open at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

The multi-faceted display, announced today at Washington, D.C.’s National Press Club, will open in October in conjunction with a national assembly of women for Vision 2020: An American Conversation about Women and Leadership, launching a 10-year initiative to advance gender equality.

The exhibition will present the evolution of women’s progress in the United States through a combination of images, statistics, video and artifacts and objects and will be housed in Posterity Hall, a corridor that connects to Signers’ Hall at the National Constitution Center.

"This is an exhibition that will excite and inspire a new generation of active citizens who will carry on the legacy set forth by the suffragists to protect the 'We' in 'We the People,'" said National Constitution Center President and CEO David Eisner.

Vision 2020 was created by Drexel University College of Medicine’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership in Philadelphia. Co-chair Lynn Yeakel heralded both the content and the site of the new exhibit as “keenly significant to the acceleration of women’s long overdue leadership influence in America.”

“The location of this breakthrough exhibit will be right next to Signers’ Hall, a reminder that while no women were at the table in 1787, many of them have sacrificed a great deal in pursuit of equal rights as citizens,” Yeakel said. “What they’ve done and what remains to be done by today’s women – that will be the twin focus of this exhibit.”

Vision 2020 has commissioned Remer & Talbott to curate the exhibit, which has been underwritten by a grant from McDonald’s Corporation.

For more information about the exhibit, contact vision2020@drexelmed.edu or 215-991-8830.

About Vision 2020
Vision 2020 is a national project of the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine. This project focuses on ensuring gender equality by energizing the dialogue about women and leadership. In 2010, Vision 2020 will develop and launch its decade-long action agenda to move America toward equality by inspiring and engaging new generations of women and men to finish the work of the suffragists, who pursued women’s right to vote as fundamental to social and economic justice. The centennial of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution will be celebrated in 2020.

About Vision 2020’s Sponsors
The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company is the presenting sponsor of Vision 2020. The Exelon Foundation is a key sponsor and Siemens, The Philadelphia Foundation and Phoebe W. Haas Charitable Trust A are also sponsors.

About the National Constitution Center
The National Constitution Center, located at 525 Arch St. on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall, is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of the U.S. Constitution and the ideas and values it represents.


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