Project goal: Use a museum exhibit and other activities in the park to spark conversation about gender equity and disparity in Yosemite during the centennial year of the 19th Amendment.

Why this work matters: In 2020, national parks across the country will mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which states that the right to vote “shall not be denied or abridged … on account of sex.” For Yosemite, the amendment’s centennial year presents an opportunity to explore gender equity in the park.

The history and status of women’s rights and roles in the U.S., before and after the 19th Amendment was added to the U.S. Constitution, in August 1920, are complex and evolving. When you zoom in from the nation at large to national parks, you’ll see that complexity in the stories of women participating and working in public lands, conservation, science and outdoor recreation during the past 150 years. Those stories, from Clare Marie Hodges — Yosemite’s first female ranger — to 21st-century park leaders, adventurers and researchers, offer moments to celebrate, while also underscoring the need for continued progress.

Through this project, the park is leveraging the centennial to encourage staff and visitors to explore the past, present and future of women at Yosemite through an interactive museum exhibit. The special exhibit will feature videos and archival objects focused on women’s history in the park, and it will be designed to prompt education and conversation about successes and challenges in efforts to improve gender equity at Yosemite and other public lands. 

How your support helps: Your gifts will allow Yosemite to join other parks across the nation in marking a legislative landmark — not just by celebrating and remembering an important step in securing women’s suffrage, but also by exploring efforts to address the lingering barriers to gender equity in parks and other outdoor spaces.

Partnering with Yosemite National Park.

Sabrina Diaz

Chief of Interpretation and Education, Yosemite National Park

Project Notes

"The story of women in the National Park Service and the outdoors is a complex part of our history that continues to evolve today. … The centennial of the 19th Amendment gives Yosemite an opportunity to engage visitors, youth and our workforce in understanding our history and breaking down barriers for women in the science and in the outdoors."