Voting Was Only the Beginning for American Women

By Jennifer Duvall – Loyola University Chicago, Masters in Public History Program, Fall 2019.  Mrs. George Welles demonstrating with other suffragists in Chicago, Illinois, before going to Washington, DC, to participate in a suffrage demonstration on March 3, 1913. DN-0060283, Chicago Sun-Times/Chicago Daily News collection, Chicago History Museum. In March of 1919, the United States was … Continue reading Voting Was Only the Beginning for American Women

The Illinois WCTU and Suffrage

By Matthew Norvell – Loyola University Chicago, Masters in Public History Program, Fall 2019.  The women’s suffrage movement and the temperance movement were two of the largest reform campaigns of the Progressive Era. Although at first glance these two political movements appear to have had little reason for crossover, they were in fact closely related. To … Continue reading The Illinois WCTU and Suffrage

The Two-Fold Struggle: African American Republican Women’s Clubs

By Ve’Amber D. Miller – Loyola University Chicago, Masters in Public History Program, Fall 2019.  “However much the white women of the country need suffrage, for many reasons which will immediately occur to you, colored women need it more,” Mary Church Terrell wrote, encouraging black women to vote for the Republican ticket [1]. African American women … Continue reading The Two-Fold Struggle: African American Republican Women’s Clubs

Agnes Nestor – Working Women’s Advocate

By Scarlett Andes – Loyola University Chicago, Masters in Public History Program, Fall 2019.             Agnes Nestor, a prominent labor leader and educator, stands out as an unusual contributor to the fight for women’s suffrage in Illinois, which she saw as directly tied to working women’s interests. Born in 1876 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Agnes Nestor … Continue reading Agnes Nestor – Working Women’s Advocate

Making the World Better: Lucy Stone

By Erin Witt – Loyola University Chicago, Masters in Public History Program, Fall 2019.  “From the first years to which my memory stretches, I have been a disappointed woman” [1]. This was how Lucy Stone began an 1848 speech and how she also began her political life. Early on, Stone saw the differences in the way … Continue reading Making the World Better: Lucy Stone

Elizabeth Boynton Harbert

By Davis Stubblefield – Loyola University Chicago, Masters in Public History Program, Fall 2019. When people think about the major figures of the Suffrage movement, several names immediately spring to mind: Susan B. Anthony, Jane Addams, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Elizabeth Cady Stanton. For Illinois, and particularly Evanston and the Chicago area, another name should be just … Continue reading Elizabeth Boynton Harbert

The Founding of the National Woman’s Party

By Casey Terry - Loyola University Chicago, Masters in Public History Program, Fall 2019. Women at the founding of the National Woman's Party at the Blackstone Theater, 1916. Chicago Daily Tribune (1872-1922), Jun 06, 5. One of the most important groups formed in the U.S. to fight for women’s political rights was the National Woman’s Party. … Continue reading The Founding of the National Woman’s Party