Leading Up to 1920 – Women’s Suffrage In Illinois

Suffrage banner in Chicago, ca. 1916. Courtesy Library of Congress. Illinois women gained the right to vote in 1913 and though it was a partial vote it was a powerful one as it included voting for presidential electors among other state and local offices. A broad coalition of organizations and supporters had made the win … Continue reading Leading Up to 1920 – Women’s Suffrage In Illinois

A Brief History of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in Illinois

Women at work in the offices of the Chicago Political Equality League, ca. 1916. The Illinois women’s suffrage movement began in 1855 with the formation of the state’s first suffrage association in Earlville, a small town in LaSalle County southwest of Chicago. Suffrage conventions held in 1869 linked early Illinois suffrage activism to the national … Continue reading A Brief History of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in Illinois