It seems hard to believe that there was a time in American history when women were unable to participate in our democracy. Women across the country earned the right to vote nearly 100 years ago, on August 18, 1920.

Next week, the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS), will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment with a free virtual program, “Unlocking the Exhibition: The Women in Forgotten Fight,” on Thursday, August 20 from 12-1 p.m.

Registrants will learn about the long road that Marylanders traveled to achieve women’s suffrage. During the program, Historical Society staff members will discuss the suffrage movement’s unsung pioneers.

The one-hour program will be led by Joe Tropea, MdHS’s Curator of Films & Photographs, Mallory Herberger, Special Collections Archivist, and Ashlee Anderson, Digital Learning Specialist.

The public program is free and open to all audiences. Registration is required. Those interested in joining can register through the link here. After registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email with connection instructions.