The United States First Lady, Melania Trump, celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment through an art exhibit made by children from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
As one of the expected speakers in tonight’s GOP convention, the first lady unveiled an exhibit on Monday highlighting what she referred to as the “turning point” in the women’s rights movement in the United States, for this passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granted women the power to vote.
Hosted on Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House, Mrs. Trump addressed the participants on the importance of gender equality and the role women played in history. The first lady aims that this art exhibit will open the eyes of a new generation of women, especially the young ones, to understand the reason and the weight this movement holds, “it is my hope that this project will both support and expand the important conversations taking place on equality and the impact of peaceful protests while encouraging children to engage in the history behind this consequential movement in their own home states.”
Today we honored the 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the #19thAmendment by opening the #BuildingtheMovement youth art exhibit. I was moved talking to some of the young artists about the women suffrage movement & the inspiration behind their talented artwork! #BeBest pic.twitter.com/R6s9s1IKG4— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) August 24, 2020
With the GOP convention on its second day, Mrs. Trump never failed to promote her husband’s participation and contribution towards women empowerment in this event. Trump, this week signed the proclamation marking the centennial of the 19th amendment. She mentioned that under Trump’s administration, the child tax credit has been doubled, women experienced some of the lowest rates of unemployment in the last 65 years, and that her husband placed women in many senior administration positions.
One of those women who had a spot in Trump’s senior administration team was Kellyanne Conway, who recently announced that she’s stepping down from her duties as the President’s adviser at the end of August to focus more on her children. She joined the first lady and the participants of this program and the other female administration officials for the launch of this art exhibit entitled, “Building the Movement: America’s Youth Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage.” Associated Press reported that upon the project's announcement for entries in June, the organizers received more than 450 submissions around the country. The first lady, together with the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission and the White House curator’s office picked the winners of this event.