Back in June First Lady Melania Trump announced an exhibit, “Building the Movement: America’s Youth Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage,” showcasing artwork representing women’s suffrage.
The exhibit, which launches this month, honors the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment giving American women the right to vote.
The First Lady asked students in grades 3-12 across the United States and its territories for submissions of artwork depicting individuals, objects, and events representing the women’s suffrage movement. The deadline to enter was July 6 and one work was selected from each state.
Maud Fiorello, 12, rising 6th grader from Greenwich submitted her original artwork, a depiction of iconic symbols of the movement, and it was selected to represent Connecticut.
Maud’s depiction of iconic symbols of the movement will appear with other student artwork alongside images of women’s suffrage parades, marches, and gatherings that took place at or around the White House.
Maud and her mother Kimberly Fiorello, Republican candidate for State Rep in the 149th district, will be guests of Mrs. Trump at the opening of the White House exhibit the morning of August 24.
“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,” the First Lady said in a release from the White House. “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.”