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Suffrage 2020

Suffrage 2020

The WLA is dedicating 19 days to commemorating the 100th anniversary of the enactment of the 19th Amendment. Join us in remembering those who fought for women’s suffrage and the continuing journey towards a more equitable society. August 26-October 29, 2020, follow us on Facebook as we highlight the following events & resources. Scroll down past the 19 days for even more articles & activities. Special thanks to the University Libraries, Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, and our community partners, the Polish Women's Alliance of America and the Legion of Young Polish Women.

* DAY 1 *

August 26, 2020, marks the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment. Join the National Women's History Museum for a day of programming, get an introduction to the 19th Amendment, and learn how "Not All Women Gained the Vote in 1920".

+ 8/26 EVENT: Celebrating the Centennial (National Women's History Museum)

 + Timeline: Woman Suffrage (National Women’s History Museum)

Not All Women Gained the Vote in 1920 (PBS)

 * DAY 2 *

 How did Chicago women win suffrage for themselves and other women? A special online presentation by the Glessner House will reveal how women worked behind the scenes in politics beginning after the Civil War to gain the right to vote. Register here.

+ 9/16 EVENT: On the Way to Suffrage: Chicago Women and Politics, 1865 to 1920 (Glessner House)

 * DAY 3 *

Make your own suffrage pins & posters. Learn about some of the symbols of the movement and get inspired from this digital exhibit of memorabilia. Then share your creations by tagging the WLA on Facebook or emailing your photos to WLArchives@LUC.edu.

+ Symbols of the Women's Suffrage Movement (U.S. National Park Service)

+Women’s Suffrage Memorabilia Exhibit (Kenneth Florey, Women’s Suffrage Memorabilia) 

+ Video tutorial: DIY pinback buttons (without a machine)

+ Use one of our suffrage-inspired designs

* DAY 4 *

Even after the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the fight for the vote and equality continued for women of color. Join Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in conversation with Martha S. Jones author of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote and Insisted on Equality for All and Leslie Harris, professor, department of history, Northwestern University.

+ 9/17 EVENT: Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote and Insisted on Equality for All (Jane Addams Hull-House Museum)

  * DAY 5 *

See the suffrage movement through the eyes of one of its courageous participants with PBS’s interactive audiovisual experience. This dynamic exhibit will introduce you to the women involved in the movement, their strategies, and the legacy left after the 19th Amendment. 

+ She Resisted: Strategies of Suffrage (PBS)

* DAY 6 *

The online exhibit, Votes for Delaware Women: A Centennial Exhibition, was curated by Anne Boylan,  University of Delaware professor and Mundelein College alumna. Her papers are housed here at the WLA. Check out the exhibition and learn more about Dr. Boylan through her finding aid.

+ Votes for Delaware Women: A Centennial Exhibition (Anne Boylan)

Anne Boylan Papers finding aid (Women and Leadership Archives)

 * DAY 7 *

Join a presentation by author, speaker, and educator, Michelle Duster, hosted by Loyola’s Women’s Studies & Gender Studies program. Duster will discuss the racial divisions that her great-grandmother, Ida B. Wells, and other suffragists experienced and the continuing struggle for African American women to be included in documentation and commemorations of the movement.

+ 9/29 EVENT: Black Suffragists and the Struggle for Inclusion with Michelle Duster (LUC Women’s Studies & Gender Studies, Departments of History and Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences, and Gannon Center for Women and Leadership)

* DAY 8 *

September 22, 2020 is National Voter Registration Day. Register to vote and ask questions at the virtual office hours, learn about the 2020 election, and hear from women around the world as they share what voting means to them.

+ 9/22 EVENT: National Voter Registration Day Office Hours (Loyola University Chicago Libraries)

Loyola Votes Research Guide (Loyola University Chicago Libraries)

+ The Right to Vote: Voices from Women Around the World  video (ABA International)

* DAY 9 *

“The 19th Amendment was an important but incomplete victory in the struggle for women's voting rights.” The online exhibit, Truth Be Told, uses portraits and artifacts to highlight the efforts of Black women. Learn their names and stories in this digital collection.

+ Truth Be Told: Stories of Black Women's Fight for the Vote (Evoke) 

* DAY 10 *

How long does it take to learn about the “jail door pin” worn by some suffragists or the official cartoonist of the National Women’s Party? Only 60 seconds! Park rangers at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument have created a series of short videos about the people, places, and pop culture of the suffrage movement.

Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)

* DAY 11 *

Suffrage School is in session! Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library has created engaging lessons with short videos in which guest instructors tell the story of women’s suffrage through historical documents and objects. Check out Loyola’s own Dr. Michelle Nickerson in her lesson on how nativism became entwined with the efforts of suffragists.

Suffrage School (Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University)

+ Suffrage School Lesson: How Nativism Became Entwined with the Efforts of Suffragists (Michelle Nickerson, LUC Associate Professor of History)

* DAY 12 *

Get creative today with these coloring pages featuring political cartoons, suffragist portraits, and the “Suffrage Cat”! Share your creations by tagging the WLA on Facebook or emailing your photos to WLArchives@LUC.edu.

+ Coloring Kansas City: Women Who Made History: 19th Amendment Centennial 1920-2020 coloring book (Kansas City Public Library, Missouri Valley Special Collections)

+ We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia coloring book (Library of Virginia)

+ Suffrage Cat coloring page (U.S. National Park Service)

 * DAY 13 *

Browse the virtual book display featuring 19 suffragists and find your next read! All books featured are available for the LUC community to check out as eBooks.

19 Suffragists for the 19th Amendment eBook display (Loyola University Chicago Libraries)

* DAY 14 *

Are you more like Alice Paul or Sojourner Truth? Learn more about yourself and these influential suffrage activists with this fun quiz. Then be sure to check out some of the online exhibits and resources featured in our 19 Days to get to know more about these women! 

+ Which Famous Suffragist Are You? (Women’s Museum of California)

* DAY 15 * 

Thanks to the generosity of the Polish Women's Alliance of America (PWAA), the WLA is pleased to share English translations of select Glos Polek articles from 1913-1920 discussing suffrage and women's role in society. Glos Polek (The Polish Women's Voice) is a publication from the PWAA. Follow the link below to read the translations and view the original issues in Polish.

Glos Polek Suffrage Articles (Women and Leadership Archives, Polish Women's Alliance of America)

* DAY 16 *

Suffragists published cookbooks to show that they could engage in the public sphere and still excel at caring for their families. The cookbooks also helped them spread their message and raise funds for the cause. Find your next cooking or baking project, as well as some entertaining notes and poems, in these cookbooks from 1890 and 1915. We’re also sharing a centennial cookbook published by the American Bar Association celebrating the courage of the suffragists. Share your photos and experiences by tagging the WLA on Facebook or emailing us at WLArchives@LUC.edu.

+ How Suffragists Used Cookbooks As a Recipe for Subversion (NPR) 

+ The Woman Suffrage Cook Book (1890) (Michigan State University Libraries)

+ The Suffrage Cook Book (1915) (Project Gutenberg)

The Nineteenth Amendment Centennial Cookbook: 100 Recipes for 100 Years (American Bar Association)

* DAY 17 *

The Chicago History Museum invites visitors to explore women’s activism in Chicago to secure the right to vote —and beyond— with their new online exhibition, Democracy Limited: Chicago Women and the Vote. Curated by Loyola Associate Professor Dr. Elizabeth Fraterrigo, the exhibit connects themes of the past with the present, which remind us that while injustice and inequality persist, so do activist women. Check back to see future installments of the exhibition.

Democracy Limited: Chicago Women and the Vote (Elizabeth Fraterrigo, Chicago History Museum)

* DAY 18 * 

Be a virtual volunteer and help the voices of the suffrage movement come to life. The Library of Congress wants your help transcribing the diaries, letters, and other historic documents so they are more accessible for everyone. 

+ Suffrage: Women Fight for the Vote (Library of Congress)

* DAY 19 * 

The dynamic program by PBS about the fight to pass the 19th Amendment is available to stream or can be seen on your local PBS station. And along with watching The Vote, don’t forget to cast your vote on November 3rd!

+The Vote documentary: streaming online (PBS) 

 women's suffrage 2020


8/17 • 4-6 PM CST: Virtual Community Screening and Conversation of The Vote (WTTW) RSVP. After the screening, Sylvia Ewing, Director of Strategic Communications, Marketing, and Outreach at Elevate Energy will moderate a live conversation featuring Lori Osborne, director of the Evanston Women’s History Project and Frances Willard House Museum in Evanston; Alice Palmer, former Illinois State Senator; and Rebecca Sive, political analyst and women’s leadership strategist and historian. The panel will discuss Illinois’ role in the Women’s Suffrage Movement, how race impacted Women’s Suffrage and voting today.

8/18-8/27 • multiple events: Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote (National Archives Foundation and National Archives) Learn more and register. Some event topics include "The Suffragist Playbook: Your Guide to Changing the World", Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, "19: The Musical", Ida B. Wells, and 100 Years Later: Women in Charge of the Ballot Box.

8/25 • 7 PM CST: Rights, Responsibilities, and Roadblocks: Critical Stories Leading to the Passage of the 19th Amendment and Beyond (Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Woman’s Club of Evanston, Women’s Vote 100 Evanston) Register. More information. Discussion of what barriers still exist, preventing American voices from being heard. Panelists: Honorable Judge Carole Kamin Bellows, Illinois State Senator Laura Fine, and writer/historian Rima Lunin Schultz.

8/26: Suffrage Selfie Parade (Women’s Museum of California) Follow the link for ideas of how to join the suffrage selfie parade across social media. Use #SuffrageSelfie and tag @womensmuseum.

8/26 • 7 PM CST: Strength in Suffrage: Tracing 100 Years and 100 Stories of Women's History (Chicago Women's History Center) Watch the live broadcast. This virtual program features the work of two talented Chicago artists, Ginny Sykes (LUC Women's Studies and Gender Studies MA alum) and Carron Little, who will address the individual emancipation of one hundred women through image and one hundred years of lived experience transformed into lyrical poetry.

    9/23 • 6 PM CST: Bold Women. Change History. presentation (History Colorado) Smithsonian Institute Historian and archivist Lisa Kathleen Graddy charts the birth of American suffrage to the heady days of women running for president. Learn more. Register.

10/22-11/5: Various election-related events (Loyola University Chicago) Events include Social Justice Speaker: Jamira Burley, Managing Election Expectations, Dialogue in Divisive Times, Catholic Vote 2020: How Will Faith be a Factor, and more. Register for events and find voter information at LUC.edu/vote.

10/27 • 7 PM CST: Evanston Women and the Fight for the Vote – Curator Lori Osborne will give a talk based on her research for the exhibit. Hosted by EHC and EWHP. More here. Digital exhibit.

11/5 • 7-8:30 PM CST: Behind the Tweets: Election 2020 Wrap-Up (LUC Department of History) Immigration. Law & Order. Gender Equity. Urban Uprisings. The Far Right. What's the real story behind all of those tweets and what might happen after the election? Featuring: Tanya Golash Boza (University of California, Merced), Joanna Grisinger (Northwestern University), John Huntington (Houston Community College), Anthony Prachter (independent scholar), Elizabeth Tandy Shermer (LUC), and Leandra Zarnow (University of Houston). Contact dhays1@luc.edu for Zoom link. 

11/17 • 6-8 PM CST: Race and Rights: Willard, Wells, Addams (Frances Willard House Museum, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Northwestern University History Department) Panel discussion featuring author Michelle Duster, great-granddaughter of journalist and anti-lynching advocate Ida B. Wells; historian and author Rima Lunin Schultz (her papers are housed at the WLA); Jennifer Scott, Director and Chief Curator, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum; Leslie Harris, Professor, department of history, Northwestern University; and Lori Osborne, Museum Director, Frances Willard House Museum. Register.

11/19 • 6 PM CST: Recasting the Vote: Native American Activism, Past and Present (Delaware Historical Society) Author Dr. Cathleen D. Cahill recounts the actions of a multiracial group who pushed the national suffrage movement toward a more inclusive vision of equal rights, which remains an unfinished struggle that extends into the 21st century. Dr. Cahill will be joined by Jessica Renae Locklear for a conversation about 20th century Philadelphia-area native histories and communities’ issues of concern. Register.

11/21 • 1-3 PM CST: Saturday Symposium--Our Vote: Suffragist Saturday (University of Delaware College of Arts and Sciences) Talks include: Anne Boylan, University of Delaware professor emerita of history, speaking on the suffrage movement in Delaware. (Boylan's papers are housed at the WLA.) Margaret Stetz, University of Delaware, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies, discussing theatre and spectacle in the suffrage campaign. Carol Scott, UD student, Africana Studies and Spanish, will speak on her research into suffragist Blanche Williams Stubbs and African American women’s suffrage. Introduction to “Votes for Delaware Women: A Centennial Exhibit,” a virtual exhibit of the Special Collections Gallery of Morris Library. More information. Register.



19th Amendment by State (National Park Service) Learn more about the U.S. states and territories and their role in ratifying the 19th Amendment. Did your state vote to ratify the amendment? Find out!

19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Primary Documents in American History Research Guide (Library of Congress) Explore digital collections, related online resources, external websites, and a bibliography of books providing more information on the 19th Amendment.

2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative (WVCI) Compilation of events, exhibits, and programs throughout the U.S.

Black Sorority Project (2006 film by Derek Fordjour and Jamar White) Full-length documentary feature chronicling the lives of 22 Howard University Women who marched in the Women's Suffrage March of 1913 and changed the course of history forever.

Black Women, The Right To Vote And The 19th Amendment (NPR) 33-Minute Listen

Black Women's Suffrage Digital Collection (Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)) Content featured in this collection explores linkages between women’s suffrage and other social causes of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (anti-slavery, anti-lynching, education reform and civil rights) as well as racism within the Suffrage Movement.

‘Brilliant and Politically Savvy:’ The Roles of African American Women in the Fight to Vote 100 Years Ago (USA Today)

Celebrating Women's Suffrage (Jewish Women's Archive)

Creating a Female Political Culture (Edith P. Mayo and the National Women's History Museum) Digital Exhibit 

Counting Down to the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment with #19SuffrageStories (Smithsonian, Library of Congress, and National Archives) Follow these accounts on social media to experience #19SuffrageStories. Weekly countdown.

Fighting for the Vote With Cartoons (New York Times)

First Woman Voter: Honoring Those Who Voted First

    Five You Should Know: African American Suffragists (National Museum of African American History & Culture)

For Black Suffragists, the Lens Was a Mighty Sword (New York Times)

The Great Unfinished Fight: A Conversation on the History and Legacy of the 19th Amendment (American Bar Association)

Her-Story of the Vote: Archives Celebrate the Nineteenth Amendment’s Centennial (Society of American Archivists)

How Queer Women Powered the Suffrage Movement (New York Times)

Illinois Suffrage Act (1913) (Illinois State Archives) 100 Most Valuable Documents at the Illinois State Archives online exhibit

Interpreting the Legacy of Women's Suffrage at Museums and Historic Sites (Book by Page Harrington)

    Legacy of Suffrage: 100 Years Later, These Activists Continue Their Ancestors’ Work (New York Times)

Los Angeles County Celebrating 100 Years (Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture)

 Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote (Library of Congress) Digital Exhibit

Sisters in Suffrage (National Organization for Women)

Statue Unveiling August 26, 2020: Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument of Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony in Central Park (Monumental Women)

The Suff Buffs (Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission) Blog series

Suffrage at 100: A Visual History (New York Times)

Suffrage 2020 Illinois: The Fight for the Vote in Illinois (Evanston Women’s History Project) Includes blog posts from WLA Graduate Assistants, Miranda Ridener & Casey Terry, and WLA Sesquicentennial Scholar, Scarlett Andes

Suffrage in Spanish: Hispanic Women and the Fight for the 19th Amendment in New Mexico (Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission)

The Suffragists Fought to Redefine Femininity. The Debate Isn’t Over. (New York Times)

Voiceless Speech: Conservation Treatment of 1913 Women’s Suffrage Broadsides (Northeast Document Conservation Center)

 Votes for Women: Digital Exhibit (Illinois History & Lincoln Collections, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) 

Votes for Women: Digital Collection (Smithsonian Institution)

Voting Tips from 10 Female ABA Presidents (American Bar Association)

Waiting for Liberty Podcast (first episode 8/18/2020) Who actually knows the history of the women’s suffrage movement? Host Maggie Hart sits down with over a dozen prestigious experts in suffrage history to unpack the heroism and racism, victory and failure, empowerment and rage, and just about everything in-between. 

What the First Women Voters Experienced When Registering for the 1920 Election (Smithsonian Magazine) 

The Women Who Fought Against the Vote (New York Times)

Women’s Vote Centennial 1920-2020 (Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission) Official site commemorating 100 years of women’s right to vote.

Women's Suffrage and Voting Laws in Wyoming (Wyoming Trust & LLC Attorney) Our thanks to Hailey for the contribution!