Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage

In celebration of October’s Illinois Archives Month, the Waukegan Public Library will host a traveling exhibit on loan from the archives of the Waukegan History Museum entitled, “Slit Skirts and Voting: Waukegan Women in 1913”. The exhibit opens Monday, October 7 on the main floor of the library.

This year marks 100 years since women gained the right to vote in Illinois. The Waukegan History Museum’s exhibit, “Slit Skirts and Voting” tells the story of the changing role of women in society in 1913. At that time, women were able to vote on some political offices for the first time, but locally they were still affected by laws that did not reflect their increasing social and political stature. No law epitomized this more than the “Ban on Slit Skirts” for Waukegan women.

Illinois Archives Month celebrates the heritage of Illinois every year by promoting the archival collections of museums throughout the state. “Slit Skirts and Voting: Waukegan Women in 1913” will be on display at the library from October 7 through November 4.

About the Waukegan Historical Society

The Waukegan Historical Society is a not-for-profit volunteer organization formed in 1968 by a group of residents to preserve and promote the long and varied history of Waukegan. The Society and the Waukegan Park District jointly operate the Waukegan History Museum open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-4pm and Saturdays from 1-4pm with free admission. For more information, visit www.waukeganhistorical.org.