The Workhouse Arts Center is thrilled to be the permanent home of Sunny Mullarkey’s tribute to the Women’s Suffrage Movement, “Equality for All.” This monumental mural was commissioned by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission (WSCC) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. The WSCC hired South Carolina-based artist Sunny Mullarkey to create artwork honoring women’s long battle for the ballot and the generations of activists who led the way toward equality.
The mural depicts suffrage leaders Carrie Chapman Catt, Mary Church Terrell, Alice Paul, and Ida B. Wells amid silhouettes of marching suffragists. The portraits of these trailblazing women are surrounded by 36 yellow roses, a symbol of the victory of the movement. At the center of the piece stands a mythological woman, inspired by historic suffrage artwork, holding a banner with the words “Equality for All.”
“Once the site of a prison where suffragists were jailed for their peaceful protests, today the Workhouse Arts Center is a vibrant complex of galleries and museums celebrating art, honoring history, and building community. We are thrilled to bring the Equality for All mural to our space as a visual tribute to the women who sacrificed and persevered throughout the suffrage movement,” said Elena Romanova, Chief Development Officer at the Workhouse Arts Center.
“Equality for All” is on display in the lobby of W-16.
The WSCC was created by Congress to coordinate the nationwide commemoration during the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which was officially signed into the U.S. Constitution on Aug. 26, 1920. The amendment prohibits the United States or any state from denying the right to vote based on sex, protecting women’s access to the ballot in the Constitution. Led by a bipartisan group of 14 women leaders, the WSCC has a nonpartisan mission to ensure Americans across the country have the opportunity to participate in the centennial and to learn about this important but often overlooked history. Learn more about the WSCC and its initiatives at www.womensvote100.org.