Suffrage100MA partnered with the Commonwealth Museum to present “Suffragist of the Month” display panels beginning in August 2017 to commemorate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The first panels were unveiled at the Women’s Equality Day event on August 24, 2017. The panels below are also on display on the Commonwealth Museum’s […]
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.
Biography Florida Ruffin Ridley was the daughter of one of the first Black judges in Massachusetts, George Ruffin, and Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, a suffragist, journalist, and prominent civil rights activist in Boston and nationally. Along with Maria Baldwin, Ridley was one of the first Black women teachers in the greater Boston area. Working with […]
Biography Born in Cambridge, MA, Maria Louise Baldwin overcame racial prejudice to become an acclaimed teacher, principal and school master with a 40 year career, and was active in the civil rights, suffrage and women’s rights movements. Baldwin was the only Black woman to serve as principal of a school in New England at that […]
Biography Sarah Mapps Douglass (1806-1882)! An educator, abolitionist, writer, and public lecturer, Douglass was born to active abolitionists. In 1831, Douglass helped found the Female Literary Association (FLA), a group of African American women dedicated to improving their skills and sense of community. She was one of the FLA’s leaders, and the FLA was the […]
Biography An African-American suffragist, publisher, journalist, and civil rights leader, in 1893 Ruffin founded the Woman’s Era, the first national newspaper published by and for African-American women. After the civil war, Ruffin served on several charities to support Southern Blacks, later participating in multiple clubs and service organizations in Boston. In 1893, with Ida B. […]
Biography In the 1860s, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was a free, Black, young woman working as a teacher in Pennsylvania when her home state of Maryland passed a law stating that ANY African American who returned to Maryland would be sold into slavery. This prompted the already ambitious educator to devote herself as an organizer […]
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 […]
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 […]