Voting is one of the essential ways citizens express their opinions and impact their local, state and national politics. Though there are many lessons to be learned from the history of the 70 year battle for women's right to vote - one obvious lesson is that the right to vote should not taken for granted … Continue reading Vote!
There are dozens if not hundreds of ways to commemorate this important moment in women's history in the U.S. Though we recognize that the 19th Amendment did not solve the issue of voting rights for all American women, it was a significant achievement after an almost 70 year battle. Many ways to take part in … Continue reading It’s Time! Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment!
By Mark W. Sorensen Note: This guest essay comes to us from Mark Sorensen whose 2004 essay “AHEAD OF THEIR TIME: A brief history of woman suffrage in Illinois,” https://www.lib.niu.edu/2004/ih110604half.html provided the foundations for the research and work of this website. Thanks Mark for all your work to save and tell the Illinois suffrage story! … Continue reading Women’s Suffrage in Decatur, Illinois
By Joan Linsenmeier, Evanston Women's History Project Research Volunteer. The Cities and Villages Act adopted by Illinois in 1872 specified how city governments could be structured, the actions they could take, and what powers were retained by the state. Many Chicagoans opposed this act. Chicago was much larger than other Illinois cities, more diverse, and … Continue reading Municipal Charter Reform in Chicago: Civic Duty, Women’s Role, and Women’s Suffrage
Two important moments in National Woman's Party (NWP) history took place in Chicago in the early years of its existence, in addition to its founding in the city. This was partly because Illinois had given its women the right to vote on a select group of elections, including presidential elections, in 1913. With its large … Continue reading The National Woman’s Party In Chicago
The suffrage anniversary arrives this August with many events in Illinois and beyond. Stay connected as we update this website with event listings as they develop. Connect with some of the many national suffrage events through links below. National Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission The Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission will commemorate 100 years of the 19th Amendment and women's … Continue reading A Month of Suffrage – August 2020
Illinois born sculptor Adelaide Johnson is remembered, if she is remembered at all, as the artist who created the Portrait Monument of suffragists Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucretia Mott that stands in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capital. Commissioned by the National Women’s Party after the passage of the 19th Amendment in … Continue reading Sculptor Adelaide Johnson: from Illinois
By: EWHP 2020 Intern Annie Cebrzynski and EWHP Director Lori Osborne In 1913, the National American Woman’s Suffrage Association (NAWSA) announced a suffrage “procession” or parade to coincide with the March 4th inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson. The parade would take place the day before and the parade’s purpose, as stated in the official program, … Continue reading The 1913 Suffrage Parade in Washington D.C. – An Illinois Perspective
One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, American Experience's "The Vote" tells the dramatic story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote, a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history. It brings to life the unsung leaders of the … Continue reading The Vote on American Experience
By Annie Cebrzynski, Evanston Women's History Project, 2020 Intern The suffrage movement almost came to a halt with the sudden onset of the Spanish flu epidemic in 1918. The introduction of an international crisis became a major threat to advancing women’s rights in the U.S. Prior to the pandemic, women were starting to gain momentum … Continue reading The 1918 Spanish Flu: How Suffragists Like Ella Flagg Young Continued Their Fight