She Changed the World: North Carolina Women Breaking Barriers

About the Campaign

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. As part of a national campaign to commemorate this historic event, North Carolina’s Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) is coordinating a campaign titled “She Changed the World: NC Women Breaking Barriers” March 2019, continuing through November 2020.

American women were granted the right to vote with the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified on August 18, 1920, after a 72-year fight by suffragists. The 19th Amendment did not resolve the issue of suffrage for many women of color, who continued to battle for voting rights for decades. 

For our campaign, we want to celebrate the achievements of ALL North Carolina women and illuminate North Carolinian women's pivotal role in breaking down barriers in North Carolina and the nation. We invite you to join us by sharing your story and others with #SheChangedtheWorld.  

North Carolina Women Spotlight

Online Resources

NC Women Collection on Flickr

Women in North Carolina 20th Century History

Women in North Carolina Library Guide

Programs and Events

Western North Carolina

Western North Carolina

May 18. Women on the Farm at Horne Creek Farm 

September 12-13. Symposium: Women in Western North Carolina. Vance Birthplace/Wolfe Memorial Keynote on the evening of the 12th. Symposium on 13th from 9:00-4:00.  Free.

Piedmont North Carolina

Piedmont North Carolina

May 4. Born at Duke Homestead at Duke Homestead. 10:00am-4:00pm. Fee.

May 18. Year of the Woman Lecture Series: Julia Alexander at James K. Polk State Historic Site. 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free.

May 29. What the Land Witnessed: Connecting the 'Soul-Soil' of a Diverse People through the Power of Place and True Inclusion presented by Michelle Lanier. Raleigh, NC. 11:30 a.m. Free. 

June 8. Women of War at Bentonville Battlefield. Free

June 20Archaeology at the Pauli Murray House presented by Dr. Anna Agbe-Davies. Raleigh, NC. 11:00 a.m. Free. 

August 3. Female Spies in the Civil War at CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center. Fee (Pre-registration Required.)

September 7. She Changed the World Kick-off Event. Raleigh, NC. 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Free

November 16. Year of the Woman Lecture Series: Catawba Women at James K. Polk State Historic Site. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free.  

Eastern North Carolina

Eastern North Carolina

September 3 - September 28 Traveling Exhibit: Women Making History at Historic Edenton 

October 12. World War II Living History Program at Fort Fisher State Historic Site. 10:00am – 4:00pm. Free.

October 25. Cooking in the Bonner Kitchen at Historic Bath. 10:00am-4:00pm. Free.