“Dorothy Howell Rodham & Virginia Clinton Kelley” Explores the Life Stories of Two Remarkable Women

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (June 6, 2012) -- The William J. Clinton Presidential Center will open its newest temporary exhibit, “Dorothy Howell Rodham & Virginia Clinton Kelley” on Monday, June 11, 2012. Born in the years after World War I, Dorothy Rodham and Virginia Kelley came of age during the Great Depression and World War II. Despite challenges, both women remained steadfast in their determination to define their own lives and to create homes for their families filled with love and support. Their lives were, and continue to be, an inspiration to their family, friends, and those who knew them.

“Curiosity, tenacity, a deep commitment to their families and an abiding belief that in America, anything was possible defined my grandmother Dorothy and Virginia’s lives — and the way they raised their children and grandchildren. I miss them every day and, equally, am grateful every day for their inspiring examples,” said Chelsea Clinton, the granddaughter of both women.

The exhibit, open until Nov. 25, 2012, features photographs (including some rarely seen images), archived video interviews from both women as well as recent video interviews from close friends and family, and personal items, all of which paint a three-dimensional portrait of these two remarkable women and of the changing role of women during 20th century America.

“We are very proud of this original exhibit and are honored to be able to tell the stories of these two extraordinary women,” said Stephanie S. Streett, executive director of the William J. Clinton Foundation. “Today would have been Virginia Clinton Kelley’s 89th birthday, and Dorothy Howell Rodham would have been 93 on Monday, June 4, so we feel that the timing of this exhibit is wonderful.”

June 4 also marked the anniversary that Congress, by joint resolution, approved the woman’s suffrage amendment and sent it to the states for ratification. Although Dorothy Howell was born at a time when women did not have the right to vote, the eventual ratification of that Amendment allowed her, Virginia and millions of American women a lifetime of voting rights. A copy of the 19th Amendment will be featured in the exhibit.

The original document on loan from the National Archives will be on display in November.

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