To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment being added to the U.S. Constitution, Suffrage100MA has created a film. Click for more information on The Fight For Women’s Suffrage: Looking Back, Marching Forward! Suffrage100MA has created a toolkit with ideas, resources, and historical information to help organizations and individuals commemorate the women’s suffrage […]
Suffrage100MA Women's Suffrage Resources
Suffrage100MA has put together some resources for learning more about the women's suffrage movement.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment being added to the U.S. Constitution, Suffrage100MA has created a film. Click for more information on The Fight For Women’s Suffrage: Looking Back, Marching Forward!
Suffrage100MA has created a toolkit with ideas, resources, and historical information to help organizations and individuals commemorate the women’s suffrage centennial.
Here are book lists about women’s suffrage, women’s rights, and voting rights, organized by category, including children’s books.
Suffrage100MA and the Commonwealth Museum are partnering on The Suffrage Centennial Display Panel Project to present “Suffragist of the Month” display panels from August 2017 through August 2020, the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. By the completion of the project, all of the names listed on the panel, “Prominent Suffragists,” will be featured. Suggestions for additional names are always welcome. Please see the Commonwealth Museum’s website or the Suffrage Centennial Panel page on our website.
Put on a staged reading or performance of “I Want to Go to Jail,” an original play by Pamela Swing, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Dabanka, Brandeis undergraduate (photo on right), transports you back to February 1919, when women suffragists grappled with unexpected obstacles in their quest for the final vote needed to pass the suffrage amendment. The suffragists were arrested for picketing President Wilson at the State House in Boston, and served time in the Charles Street Jail. Go to https://iwanttogotojail.com/ for more information.
To celebrate the centennial of the passage of the 19th amendment, the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail created the Road to the Vote: Boston Women’s Suffrage Trail tour as a testament to those of this historic city who played a part in the decades-long quest for equality at the ballot box. Explore the story and, using this map as your guide, discover the sites in Boston that helped put women in the “We the People” of the Constitution. The tour begins at the Massachusetts State House—where movement leaders are honored, and where picketing suffragists were arrested and jailed in 1919, and it ends at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, where suffragists studied, assembled, and planned. You’ll find sculptures of Lucy Stone and her daughter, Alice Stone Blackwell.
Also, be sure to visit Suffrage100MA’s Did You Know page to learn more about women’s suffrage.
On February 24, 1919, a group of women were arrested, and most were imprisoned in Boston’s Charles Street Jail, for protesting President Wilson during his visit to the Massachusetts State House and at a parade in his honor.
Ida B. Wells 1862-1931 “I think Ida B. Wells should be remembered as an African-American woman who battled both racism and sexism at a time when it was extremely dangerous to speak out… She used her gift of writing, speaking and organizing to help shed light on injustice. She was extremely brave and held steadfast […]
Over one hundred years ago, beginning in January 1917, a group of suffragists organized by Alice Paul and the National Woman’s Party became the first group ever to protest in front of the White House. Their goal was to convince President Woodrow Wilson to support publicly an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would guarantee a […]
This year, 2020, will mark the one hundredth anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — enabling women to vote. Suffrage100MA is partnering with the Commonwealth Museum to present “Suffragist of the Month” display panels from August 2017 through August 2020, the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. […]
Alice Paul 1885-1977 “I never doubted that equal rights was the right direction. Most reforms, most problems are complicated. But to me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality.” -Alice Paul, 1972 interview. Early Life Born on January 11, 1885 in Moorestown, New Jersey, Alice Paul was a committed and passionate leader in the Women’s […]
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.