Not long ago, Meryl Streep played Emmeline Pankhurst in a British historical film about women’s suffrage entitled Suffragette, directed by Sarah Gavron. While the 2015 film has wonderfully introduced women and men to the women’s suffrage movement, many still don’t realize that American women fighting for the vote, like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. […]
Sojourner Truth c.1797-1883 Sojourner Truth (born Isabella Baumfree) was both an abolitionist and a champion of the women’s rights movement, exposing the important intersection of gender and race. As one of the only black women of the time who spoke for women’s rights, she is most well known for her “Ain’t I a Woman” speech […]
Jeannette Rankin 1880-1973 Jeannette Rankin is best known as the first woman elected to Congress. She ran in 1916 to represent her home state of Montana as a progressive Republican and served from 1917-1919. Her younger brother Wellington, later to hold statewide office in Montana himself, financed her campaign. Unusually, she ran for and won […]
YW Boston, a Suffrage100MA Partner, posted a quiz about women’s legal history in the United States – from who was the first woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court to what Title IX covers. Take the quiz.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton 1815-1902 “Surely there is no greater monopoly than that of all men in denying to all women a voice in the laws they are compelled to obey.” Letter from Elizabeth Cady Stanton to President Theodore Roosevelt, 1902 “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.” […]