Melania Trump launches youth art project on women’s right to vote
First lady Melania Trump is using art to teach children about the women’s right to vote.
Trump announced on Monday that she is launching a children’s art project to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. The 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote, was adopted on Aug. 18, 1920.
The project, “Building the Movement: America’s Youth Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage,” will showcase artwork depicting the milestone by students in grades three to 12 from across the country.
The first lady said she hopes the project can teach students about the influence peaceful protests can have. Hundreds of peaceful protests are taking place across the country in response to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes last month.
“As we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, it’s important to include our children in the conversation so they can learn and understand the history behind the women’s suffrage movement,” she said in a statement.
“For decades, women leaders lobbied, marched, and protested for equality and their right to vote in the United States. It is my hope that this project will both support and expand the important conversations taking place on equality and the impact of peaceful protests, while encouraging children to engage in the history behind this consequential movement in their own home state,” she said.
The project will include one piece of artwork from a student in each state and U.S. territory and will be displayed at the White House.