She Changed the World: North Carolina Women Breaking Barriers

About the Initiative

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote. Despite decades of marches, petitions, and passage of the 19th Amendment, it did not grant voting rights for all. The ongoing fight for equity continues today.

“She Changed the World: NC Women Breaking Barriers,” an initiative by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, celebrates the achievements of North Carolina women and explores the diversity of their experiences and impact on our history.

We invite you to join us by sharing your story with #SheChangedtheWorld and #NCHerstory.

For questions or more information, please contact Kaytee Smith.


An Absolute Moral Certainty

The State Archives of North Carolina has put together a display of 10 archival documents and other items relating to women’s suffrage, including the original copy of the Nineteenth Amendment sent to North Carolina for ratification in June of 1919. Usually housed in the vault, this document (along with anti-suffrage and pro-suffrage propaganda, hand-held fans, facsimiles of legislation and political cartoons, and a suffragist’s sash) will be traveling around the state through November of 2020.


North Carolina Women Spotlight

Online Resources

Educational Resources

Women in North Carolina 20th Century History

Women in North Carolina Library Guide

Sponsored in-part by

General Federation of Woman's Clubs of North Carolina 

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina     


North Carolina Zoo Society   



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