Women’s Day at the Centennial Exposition

In 1876, the United States held the Centennial International Exhibition of 1876, in Philadelphia.  Among the many areas of exhibition is the Women’s Pavilion which celebrated woman inventors and mechanics.

Some women were pleased by it but a great number also was upset by the segregation of women into their own building. Suffragists wanted to use the fair as a platform to demand the vote. As if to emphasize that women were denied the right to vote the Centennial Exhibition’s Women’s Day was election day, November 7.

Attendance was logged at 87,859.


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