League of Women Voters of Illinois

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 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.

Online Resources

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.

Women’s Fight for Their Inalienable Rights, 1630-1898

The Newberry Library has assembled a collection of primary sources in an online curriculum that highlights American women’s work for their rights and other social reforms (abolition and temperance). The collection highlights the primary political, legal, and social challenges American women and their allies faced, and the strategies they employed, from the Colonial Period to the close of the 19th Century, to secure for themselves the same rights and liberties enjoyed by the male citizens of the nation.

The Vote – American Experience – An interactive feature called She Resisted: Strategies of Suffrage is available. The program itself does tell one Illinois suffrage story – the participation and work of the Alpha Suffrage Club in the 1913 DC parade and the election of 1914 in Chicago.

African American Suffragists – Short biographies of 35 leaders http://www. 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 –

The National Women’s History Museum – educational resources including online exhibits on suffrage history like the Parading for Progress, https://www., and Creating a Female Political Culture,

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 – to-the-vote.htm

African American Women and the Nineteenth Amendment – National Park Service, https:// and-the-nineteenth-amendment.htm

Library of Congress – offers easy access to primary source material and useful lesson plans for the suffrage movement, http:// teaching-resources-library-congress/

19 Objects from the 19th Amendment Campaign – a digital history exhibit, https://

Newseum – “Women, Their Rights and Nothing Less” – lesson plans on the First Amendment, online newspaper exhibits

Schlesinger Library – 75 Stories, 75 Years, documents and objects from women’s lives and American history,