The League of Women Voters of Illinois website has an anniversary page with articles that have been published in the League’s member newsletter. These articles give background on the women’s suffrage movement in the U.S. and in Illinois.
Additional resources about current issues regarding voting rights and restrictions are available on the website as well. You can also find more information about registering to vote.
Suffrage Anniversary Projects
The National Votes for Women Trail – a project of the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites – has mapped women’s suffrage sites from all over the U.S. Many sites from Illinois are included.
The 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative can be found here.
The Woman’s Suffrage Centennial Commission was formed by the U.S. Congress in 2018 – more can be found here.
The National Women’s History Alliance – Honor a Suffragist project can be found here. The Alliance also publishes a suffrage journal and has other resources available on its website – nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org/
The PDF of the journal is filled with information and suffrage and resources in each state and online.
The NWHA has also published the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Catalog with commemorative material of all sorts produced by state centennial groups, non-profits, artists and small businesses across the country. Here’s a link to the updated page – https://nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/Womens-Suffrage-Centennial-Catalog-2020.pdf
The American Association for State and Local History Women’s History Affinity Group has published a 19th Amendment Value Centennial Statement that provides guidelines for organizations and historic sites for planning anniversary events. You can also find a 2020 Suffrage Centennial Resource Guide. Click here for the website with both documents.
SuffrageCentennials.com is a clearing house for information about the suffrage anniversary and events, programs and news.
The Library of Congress is asking for citizen-volunteers to help with transcribing select papers in its collection that are women’s suffrage related. More here.
The Ann Lewis Women’s Suffrage Collection. Lots of great things in this collection with well-documented history. Here’s a highlight from the 1920 Suffrage Victory Convention in Chicago – that also saw the founding of the League of Women Voters.
Illinois Women and the Fight for the Vote
The story of Illinois and the women’s suffrage movement is told in this video presentation for the Peoria Riverfront Museum by Lori Osborne, editor of this website and director of the Evanston Women History Project.
The Vote – American Experience – short previews of the program are available on the website. An interactive feature called She Resisted: Strategies of Suffrage is also available. It does tell one Illinois suffrage story – the particication and work of the Alpha Suffrage Club in the 1913 DC parade and the election of 1914 in Chicago.
Turning Point Suffragist Memorial – a permanent park being planned in Lorton, VA at the site where suffragists were imprisoned, including website with educational resources – www.suffragistmemorial.org
African American Suffragists – Short biographies of 35 leaders http://www. suffragistmemorial.org/african-american-women- leaders-in-the-suffrage-movement/
Women and Social Movements in the United States – offers brief biographies of hundreds of individual Black, militant and mainstream suffragists – documents.alexanderstreet.com/VOTESforWOMEN
The National Women’s History Museum – educational resources including online exhibits on suffrage history like the Parading for Progress, https://www. womenshistory.org/, and Creating a Female Political Culture, http://www.crusadeforthevote.org/.
National Park Service – “19th Amendment and Women’s Access to the Vote Across America” – online StoryMap: Places of Women’s Suffrage, and 19th Amendment article series – nps.gov/subjects/womenshistory/women-s-access- to-the-vote.htm
African American Women and the Nineteenth Amendment – National Park Service, https:// www.nps.gov/articles/african-american-women- and-the-nineteenth-amendment.htm
Library of Congress – offers easy access to primary source material and useful lesson plans for the suffrage movement, http:// suffrageandthemedia.org/source/womens-suffrage- teaching-resources-library-congress/
19 Objects from the 19th Amendment Campaign – a digital history exhibit, https:// votesforwomen.cliohistory.org/19objects.
Newseum – “Women, Their Rights and Nothing Less” – lesson plans on the First Amendment, online newspaper exhibits https://newseumed.org
Schlesinger Library – 75 Stories, 75 Years, documents and objects from women’s lives and American history, https://schlesinger75radcliffe.org/
History Articles and Links
The New York Times has a review of the three exhibitions in Washington D.C. that also covers the complex history of the suffrage movement.
American Journalism: A Journal of Media History has put together a great website that provides sources for historic and current media coverage of the suffrage movement.
Humanities – the magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities – has several articles about the suffrage movement in its summer 2019 edition (volume 40, issue 3). Click here for the online publication. Two great articles by historians Lisa Tetrault and Martha Jones are included.