Library staff reflect on the meaning and history of Women's History Month. They offer their honest insights on obstacles faced, progress made, and hope for the future.
Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote, an exhibit in Washington, DC, looks beyond suffrage parades and protests to the often overlooked story behind ratification of the 19th Amendment. May 10, 2019–January 3, 2021
One Half of the People: Advancing Equality for Women is a traveling exhibit that draws on National Archives records to illustrate the involvement of American women to secure their essential citizenship rights.
Written in 1921 by suffragist Alice Paul, the Equal Rights Amendment was introduced into every session of Congress between 1923 and 1972. A panel explores the proposed amendment and its implications in today's world.
Political communicators and strategists discuss their experiences working on political campaigns on both local and national levels, the changes in opportunities and obstacles, and advice for young women looking to become more involved in politics.
Joelle Gamble, Director of National Network of Emerging Thinkers, Roosevelt Institute, shares her experience as an emerging generation.
First Ladies have long the power to shape societal attitudes and used their platform to advocate for important issues. This conference focuses on the First Lady as spouse of the Commander in Chief and the actions they have taken, throughout times of war and peace, to support Americans in combat, military families, and the country's veterans.
In celebration of the March 2017 grand opening of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor’s Center, we join the National Park Service in presenting a panel discussion examining the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman and the ongoing preservation of her Maryland.
Madam C.J. Walker, one of the great American entrepreneurs of the early 20th century, was born to former slaves and grew up in destitution.
Abigail Adams wrote a letter refusing to consider women as being inferior to men. Abigail advocated for women's rights, educational equity and abolitionism.
The State of New Jersey who initially allowed women who met certain property requirements to vote decides to limit the vote to white females.
Seneca Falls Convention where the Declaration of Sentiments (similar to the Declaration of Independence) was drafted and signed. Many of the signers of the Declaration, including Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, would emerge as leaders in the women’s suffrage movement.
Sojourner Truth delivers her later titled “Ain’t I a Woman” speech at the Women’s Convention held in Akron, Ohio.
National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) was founded by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and published “The Revolution.”
American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA) founded by Lucy Stone and published “The Woman’s Journal.” AWSA focused on advocacy with state legislatures.
The territory of Wyoming grants women age 21 and over the right to vote.
The state of New York did not explicitly prohibit women from voting, but when Susan B. Anthony and a few women suffragist did so, they were arrested, charged with “criminal voting” and fined.
The NWSA merged with the AWSA to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA).
The Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage was founded by Alice Paul and Lucy Burns. Their aggressive suffragist campaign included petitions, rallies, parades, pamphlets, pageants, speaking ours and lobbying.
The National Women’s Party emerges from The Congressional Union.
With United States involvement in World War I, more women entered the labor force.
Protesting suffragists were arrested, imprisoned and even force-fed when on hunger strikes.
U.S. Senate approves the 19th Amendment to the U.S Constitution.
Ratification of the 19th Amendment. Tennessee became the required 36th state to ratify the amendment.