The year 2020 marks 100 years since the adoption of the constitution of the first Czechoslovak Republic, which enacted women’s suffrage. It was the first time that the right to vote was guaranteed to Czech women under the same condition as to men. This ended the many years of efforts of Czech women activists battling for the right of women to vote and to be elected. The small exhibition at the National Monument at Vítkov tells the story of their struggle.
The exhibition focuses on professional and social groups of women (teachers, social democrats, first university students) who collectively and individually sought access to the ballot boxes. Through photographs, posters, cartoons and other visual materials, the exhibition depicts their journey to winning the right to vote. The panel exhibition is complemented by objects from the collections of the National Museum, including valuable archival material from the estate of Františka Plamínková, a leading figure in the movement for women's suffrage in Bohemia. Visitors can take a look at her senatorial legitimations, manuscripts, a banner from 1905 or a bust by sculptors Karla Vobišová Žáková and Josef František Žák.