National Hispanic Cultural Center

Celebrating The Women’s Vote: Latinas Sufragistas Who Fought for the Right to Vote

January 16, 2020


(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – During a six- month celebration of the centennial of womens’ right to vote in the United States, the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s History and Literary Arts Program presents a new exhibit, “El voto femenino: Sufragistas Latinas luchando por el derecho al voto/The Women’s Vote: Latina Suffragists who Fought for the Right to Vote” which opens on Friday, January 24, 2020 and runs through June 30, 2020.

There will be a free opening reception on Friday, January 24, from 6-8 p.m. in the historic History and Literary Arts (HLA) Building on the NHCC campus, where the exhibit is on display. 

The exhibit features women from 24 countries in the international Hispanic diaspora who were instrumental in women’s suffrage, including Nina Otero Warren (New Mexico, US), Bertha Lutz (Brazil), Mathilde Hidalgo de Procel (Ecuador), Elvia Carrillo Puerto (Mexico), Ofelia Domínguez Navarro (Cuba), Elena Caffarena (Chile), Josefa Llanes Escoda (Philippines) and Jovita Idar (Texas, US).

Organized by decade and countries, the exhibit features photographs, narrative, objects (including household items), books and documents that illuminate the fight for suffrage by Latinas worldwide.

The exhibit also features a companion piece, "Pan American Unity," a mural in woodblock by Albuquerque artist Julianna Kirwin. Kirwin replaced Diego Rivera’s Founding Fathers (in one of the panels of his 1940 "Pan American Unity" mural in San Francisco) with powerful women in the Americas who have shaped its destiny: Berta Cácares, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Dolores Huerta, Michelle Bachelet, Joy Harjo, Deb Haaland, Isabel Allende, Helen Cordero, Emma Gonzalez and María Martínez.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during hours of operation in the HLA building: Tuesday-Friday,  8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month from 1-5 p.m.

“El voto femenino” also commemorates the centennial of the U.S. women’s vote which is being celebrated nationwide in 2020. Programming related to both to the exhibit and the centennial will take place in History and Literary Arts through June 30, 2020.

 All images are in the public domain, provided by National Hispanic Cultural Center  * Josefa Llanes Escoda, Philippines * María de la O Lejárraga, Spain * Eva Perón voting from her sick bed. * Carolina Beatriz Angelo, Portugal

For more information, visit the event page on the NHCC website:

For more information, contact Cassandra Osterloh, Librarian:; (505) 383-4708.


About the National Hispanic Cultural Center:  The History and Literary Arts (HLA) Program at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) houses a library and archives, features two to four exhibits a year, and presents a wide range of history and literary arts programs serving children, youth, adults, and families. The NHCC is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts and humanities, and is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. 

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is located at 1701 Fourth Street SW in Albuquerque, New Mexico. General admission tickets can be purchased in advance from the National Hispanic Center box office, 505-724-4771 or the NHCC website, Click here for directions.

Related Photos

36-NHCC- El Voto Feminina Carolina Beatriz Angelo- Portugal
36-NHCC- El Voto Feminina-Josefa Llanes Escoda- Philippines
36-NHCC- El Voto Feminina- María de la O Lejárraga- Spain
36-NHCC- El Voto Feminina- Eva Perón voting from her sick bed.

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