1914 Suffrage Parade: Celebration and Call to Action

By Miranda Ridener - Loyola University Chicago, Masters in Public History Program, Fall 2019 On May 2, 1914 women and men took to the Chicago streets to parade in support of woman’s suffrage. The Illinois Equal Suffrage Association organized the parade under Grace Wilbur Trout’s presidency. The parade highlighted the national suffrage movement and coincided with … Continue reading 1914 Suffrage Parade: Celebration and Call to Action

The Women’s Suffrage Movement & the “Good Roads” Movement

By Dana Gordon - Loyola University Chicago, Masters in Public History Program, Fall 2019 Today, Americans take roads for granted as they commute to their destinations. In Illinois, the Interstate system and U.S. Route system currently create a web of steady automobile traffic throughout the state. What about the history of the Illinois roads themselves? There … Continue reading The Women’s Suffrage Movement & the “Good Roads” Movement

Highland Park Suffrage History

by Leslie Cole, member League of Women Voters of Highland Park/Highwood The Ossoli Club of Highland Park started in the rooms of the Highland Park Club House in 1894.  Originally known as “The Monday Club, “the organization settled on the name Ossoli in honor of Margaret Fuller Ossoli, a 19th Century American journalist, women’s rights activist … Continue reading Highland Park Suffrage History

“For the future benefit of my whole race”: Ida B. Wells and the Alpha Suffrage Club

By Rachel Madden - Loyola University Chicago, Masters in Public History Program, Fall 2019.             On March 3rd, 1913, a commotion arose outside the White House. A parade of 5,000 suffragists marched up Pennsylvania Avenue, hoping to draw the attention of Woodrow Wilson, whose presidential inauguration was scheduled for the following day [1]. However, thousands of … Continue reading “For the future benefit of my whole race”: Ida B. Wells and the Alpha Suffrage Club

On the Road to Women’s Suffrage: The Home Protection Ballot

By Elizabeth Schmidt - Loyola University Chicago, Masters in Public History Program, Fall 2019. The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) set its sights on two objectives: the prohibition of alcohol and the vote for women.  The woman leading this charge was Illinois’ Frances Willard. Willard was the president of WCTU for nineteen years and was a … Continue reading On the Road to Women’s Suffrage: The Home Protection Ballot

Early Suffrage in Illinois: A.J. Grover and the Earlville Suffrage Association

By Hannah Lahti - Loyola University Chicago, Masters in Public History Program, Fall 2019 In 1818 the Illinois State Constitution extended citizenship to all white men over the age of twenty-one years [1].  Thirty years later, the second Illinois State Constitution still denied suffrage to women [2]. It was not until the third Illinois State Constitution … Continue reading Early Suffrage in Illinois: A.J. Grover and the Earlville Suffrage Association

Watch This Space!

There are already many events, programs and exhibits planned throughout Illinois for 2020. A consortium of Chicago-area organizations is coordinating communications regarding all that will be going on. The plan is to unveil a new platform for highlighting suffrage-related activities by March 2020 - Women's History Month. In addition, new research and bios of suffragists … Continue reading Watch This Space!