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

Suffer Not the Rain: The 1916 Suffrage Parade in Chicago

By Lucas Bensley - Loyola University Chicago, PhD in History, Fall 2019 On the afternoon of June 7, 1916, 5,000 women marched through a torrential rainstorm to the Republican National Convention site in downtown Chicago. Their goal: to compel the delegates of the Grand Old Party to add a woman’s suffrage plank to the party platform. … Continue reading Suffer Not the Rain: The 1916 Suffrage Parade in Chicago

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