Call for Entries: 2018 Women’s Suffrage Poster Contest
DENVER (November 13, 2018) — The Center for Colorado Women’s History at the Byers-Evans House and the 2019 Womxn's March on Colorado are launching a poster contest to celebrate the historic and modern contributions of women in struggles for voting rights. This week the Center for Colorado Women’s History celebrated both the 125th anniversary of Colorado women winning the right to vote and the landmark election of over 100 women to the United States Congress. The 1893 victory was the culmination of decades of grassroots organizing and political activism in living rooms, churches, union halls, farmers alliances and local organizations around the state.
“Imagery from the first wave of feminism and the struggle for suffrage are certainly inspiring, but we don’t see in them the diverse faces that make up our modern understanding of intersectional feminism,” said Jillian Allison, director of the Center for Colorado Women’s History. “We want to update those images to reflect the movement that exists in the current moment.”
Some of the enduring images of the struggle for suffrage are the posters made and carried by suffragists. And to help tell the stories of early suffragists, the Center for Colorado Women’s History is seeking posters that will update the important messages about voting for a modern era, reflecting the diverse cultural expressions of Colorado in the 21st century. Pieces should reflect the power and urgency of voting, celebrations of women’s suffrage and activism, and the values of adventurous dialogue about the intersections of gender, race, and class that are explored at the Center for Colorado Women’s History.
Creators are invited to submit posters that may be included in future exhibits on struggles for justice and on suffrage at the Center for Colorado Women’s History. Winning selections will also be highlighted the 2019 Womxn's March on Colorado. Selected posters will also be distributed for free at the Womxn's March in Denver on January 19, 2019.
Submissions are open to all artists, designers and other creators and there is no cost to submit art. Submissions should be high resolution images in pdf or jpg format. Submissions can be made at www.historycolorado.org/womenshistorypostercontest by Friday, December 14, 2018. Submissions should include the name and contact information of the creator. All submissions will become property of History Colorado and may be used in exhibits, promotions, research, and any other non-profit, educational use at the Center for Colorado Women’s History, History Colorado, and/or the 2019 Womxn's March on Colorado.