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Announcement All Pratt buildings are currently closed because of COVID-19, however remote and contact-free services are available.

Announcement Public computer usage will be unavailable through the month of December into January to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Holiday Closing Services at all Pratt locations will be unavailable Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

The year 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave the legal right to vote (suffrage) to women.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library is proud to give homage to the generations of activists who fought for this groundbreaking legislation. Their heroic efforts are crucial to our national story.

Browse the PDFs below to explore the exhibit:

Portraits of Nannie Helen Burroughs and Fannie Barrier Williams. Library of Congress.
Penn[sylvania] on the picket line, 1917. Library of Congress.
Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton at a table. Library of Congress.
Lucy Branham in Occoquan prison dress, 1919. Library of Congress.
Just Government League of Maryland march signs: Votes for Women, Liberty or Death, Don't Tread on Me. MD State Archives.
Shirley Chisholm, Norman Rockefeller, and Walter Fauntroy at the Congressional Black Caucus forum, 1975. Library of Congress.

Learn more about the women pictured above in the linked PDFs from the Year of the Woman exhibit at the top of this page.

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