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John Stuart Mill Speech: On the Admission of Women to the Electoral Franchise

Speech of John Stuart Mill, M.P. on the Admission of Women to the Electoral Franchise. Spoken in the House of Commons, May 20th, 1867.

Era: Suffrage Era | Media: Essay, Pamphlets, Speech

John Stuart Mill, the 19th-century British philosopher and economist best known for his writings on liberalism and utilitarianism, was also an early male advocate of women’s rights and enfranchisement. In […] Read More

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Pamphlet: Attorney Gilbert E. Roe Cites 15 Ways the Laws of New York Discriminated Against Women in 1914

Gilbert E. Roe. "Discriminations Against Women in the Laws of New York." National American Woman Suffrage Association, 1914.

Era: Suffrage Era | Media: Pamphlets, Speech

In 1914, New York attorney Gilbert E. Roe, a stalwart of the New York Men’s League for Woman Suffrage, cited in an address to that group 15 different ways in […] Read More

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Race, Gender, and the Fight for Votes for Women: W.E.B. Du Bois On Suffrage

The Crisis: A Record of the Darker Races, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1911-1920.

Era: Suffrage Era | Media: Commentary, Essay, Magazines

W.E.B. Du Bois, one of the most important early 20th century US scholars and activists, is best known as a key figure in the the fight for African-Americans’ civil rights. […] Read More

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The Puck Magazine Suffrage Issue

Puck magazine, Vol. 77, No. 1981, February 20, 1915.

Era: Suffrage Era | Media: Cartoons, Illustration, Magazines

The satirical magazine Puck was one of the most influential American publications of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Making liberal use of cartoons and drawings, Puck gave its […] Read More

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Recording: Rabbi Stephen S. Wise’s 1918 Speech “Women and Democracy”

History on the Net

Era: Post-Suffrage Era, Suffrage Era | Media: Magazines, Radio/Audio, Web-based

Rabbi Stephen S. Wise of New York City’s Free Synagogue was one of the most sought-after suffrage speakers of the 1910s. This 1918 recording is representative of his most common […] Read More

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A Broadside: Mission Statement of the National Men’s League for Woman Suffrage of 1912

By James Lees Laidlaw; Column by George Middleton.

Era: Post-Suffrage Era, Suffrage Era | Media: Book-Fiction, Broadside, Newspapers, Web-based

Here is a broadside of the mission statement of the National Men’s League for Woman Suffrage, an organization of thousands of influential men across thirty five states from 1909-1919. It […] Read More