Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Statement
The Justice Bell Foundation is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work as we fulfill our mission to bring the stories of the American women’s suffrage movement to modern audiences. The historical exclusion of women, particularly Black women and other women of color, from exercising their right to vote guides our research priorities and program development.
We believe that one of the ways we can contribute to creating a more just and equitable society in which all people, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, are fully empowered to participate in the democratic process, is introduce people to the achievements and activities of the underrepresented women who fought for voting rights.
We want our readers and audiences to see themselves in the stories of the suffragists and to be inspired by these women who overcame such enormous challenges. While our programs introduce people to the women’s suffrage movement, this era has relevance to today’s fight for equality for all marginalized groups and its message can serve as an inspiration and emphasize the importance of persistence. Grassroots campaigns require deep dedication. We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us and knowing who they are and what they did matters.
In conclusion, we believe that in this era of reckoning about America’s past, it is essential that we find and tell our lost stories and encourage new generations to tell their own. Our goal is not only to introduce our citizens to their past, but also to inspire them to invest in their future.