They were the reformers urging reluctant leaders to improve conditions for Alabama’s forgotten citizens: its poor, sick, and defenseless. Advocates encouraging those around them to pursue their dreams. Tireless educators pointing eager pupils toward greater opportunities and new horizons. And they were activists, stepping into the public eye—often at great personal risk to themselves and their families—to demand the hard-won freedoms to which they were entitled.
By championing causes great and small across Alabama, generations of women have
persisted in this noble and necessary work.
To mark this year’s centennial of women’s suffrage, the Archives presents this virtual exhibit
showcasing a few of Alabama’s many remarkable, trailblazing women.
PORTRAITS OF PERSISTENCE
A Virtual Exhibit Presented by the Alabama Department of Archives & History
Published September 2020