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100 years: Boise City Hall art celebrates women’s suffrage anniversary

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The story of Idaho’s women’s suffrage movement is being stitched together on the side of Boise’s City Hall. 

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment and the right for many women in Idaho to vote.

To commemorate, the Boise Department of Arts and History selected Boisean Stephanie Inman to complete the “Suffrage Quilt”. The art tells the story of Boise’s suffrage history. 

“The artwork is composed in a quilt-like format, to reference the activity of quilting, an activity that often brought women together for work and community-building,” said Outreach & Education Coordinator Jennifer Yribar.

“Colorful tiles featuring icons and text tie the local, State of Idaho, and the national Women’s Suffrage Movement together into one unified piece,” she said.

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While the quilt recognizes the many successes of Boise’s suffragists, pieces will be left unfinished. 

“It serves as an aspiration and call to action to acknowledge there is still much work to be done to ensure that all women have the protected right and access to vote,” Yribar said.

The Percent-for-Art Fund and the Boise City Council Discretionary Fund is funding the project. 

The quilt will be located on the south side of Boise City Hall and is expected to be completed by the end of summer. 

To learn about other ways the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Idaho is being celebrated, click here.

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