By Julia Flynn, Evanston Women's History Project, Research Volunteer In the late 1860's, the Civil War had ended and the Reconstruction Era was well under way, attempting to redress the inequalities arising from the legacy of slavery. The Fourteenth Amendment passed in 1868 recognizing all US-born and naturalized individuals, including slaves emancipated after the Civil … Continue reading Naomi Talbert Anderson and the 1869 Suffrage Convention in Chicago
The Wabash Arts Corridor, in conjunction with the Chicago Womxn’s Suffrage Tribute Committee, announces a new public art project and funding campaign to honor Chicago women’s suffrage leaders. WAC is commissioning two new murals celebrating women and the work of local activists in obtaining the right to vote and the modern struggle for equality. This … Continue reading Chicago’s First Public Art Project to Honor Suffrage Leaders
And what a year it was. This website served to link thousands of people to the important story of Illinois' role in the woman's suffrage movement - a story that was mostly forgotten and untold. We strived to give voice to those women from long ago who made the movement happen here - and made … Continue reading That’s a Wrap on 2020!
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