“Her Flag” by Marilyn Artus

The National Women’s History Alliance has put together a very thorough newsletter detailing commemorative events broken down by state, as well as a list of relevant media and resources celebrating the centennial through 2020 and into 2021.

Highlights include local projects and celebrations, large-scale art pieces and monuments, museum exhibits and more. The newsletter will also serve as a lasting resource once the month of celebration is through after August 26, 2020, as it contains a wealth of information and links to ongoing projects and educational resources related to women’s history and the suffrage movement.

View suffrage centennial events in each state.


National Women’s Suffrage Month

In coordination with politicians such as Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) and Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission worked to designate August 2020 as National Women’s Suffrage Month!

In celebration of both this designation and the centennial of women’s suffrage in the United States that it represents, the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission has put together a calendar of events, ranging from musical performances and film screenings to conversations with female thought leaders.

This calendar also contains a schedule for podcast episode releases related to the suffrage centennial, such as And Nothing Less hosted by Rosario Dawson and Retta.

It also includes the WSCC’s Forward Into Light Celebration on August 26, when buildings and landmarks across the country will light up in purple and gold in celebration of the centennial. The campaign is named for the historic suffrage slogan, “Forward through the Darkness, Forward into Light.”

View the full calendar.

VIRTUAL CONVENTION: Watch the Women’s Rights National Historical Park’s 2020 Convention Days Online


Melinda Grube portrays Elizabeth Cady Stanton in conversation with Frederick Douglass (Nathan Richardson).

The Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, New York, hosted a three-day convention on July 17-19, 2020 to commemorate the First Women’s Rights Convention in the U.S. in 1848. The event featured live historical performances and speeches, history tours, children’s activities, hands-on art projects and scholarly speakers, including keynote speaker Coline Jenkins, Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s great-great granddaughter.

Click here to watch some of the key living history performances, speeches and tours.

VIRTUAL TOUR: Explore Alice Paul’s Home

In honor of the suffrage centennial and in compliance with social distancing guidelines, the Alice Paul Institute has released a video tour of Paulsdale, the historic home of suffrage activist Alice Paul, so that history lovers may still enjoy her incredible story from home. The videos cover the life of Alive Paul, the suffrage movement and her legacy through the history of women’s rights.

View the full video playlist here.

VIDEO SERIES: Suffrage in 60 Seconds from the Belmont-Paul National Monument

In honor of the centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S., the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument has been running a video series on Facebook titled Suffrage in 60 Seconds.

In these short videos, park rangers explain prominent topics and figures in the history of women’s suffrage, such as Ida B. Wells, Inez Milholland Boissevain and African American women and the vote.

View the full series here.

National Park Service Nineteenth Amendment Site and Resources

The National Park Service has an expansive site on the Nineteenth Amendment with excellent resources, including online webinars on various aspects of the centennial celebration and the suffrage movement’s history. From the website’s introductory text:

Women in America first collectively organized in 1848 at the First Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, NY to fight for suffrage (or voting rights). Organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, the convention sparked the women’s suffrage movement. Not everyone followed the same path in fighting for women’s equal access to the vote, and the history of the suffrage movement is one of disagreements as well as cooperation.

While women were not always united in their goals, and the fight for women’s suffrage was complex and interwoven with issues of civil and political rights for all Americans, the efforts of women like Ida B. Wells and Alice Paul led to the passage of the 19th Amendment. Signed into law on August 26, 1920, the passage of the 19th Amendment was the result of decades of work by tens of thousands across the country who worked for change.

Use this site to discover some of the stories of women and men who fought for women’s suffrage rights. You’ll also find resources for children and adults, including essays on suffrage, storymaps, and lesson plans.

Ohio Woman Suffrage Headquarters. Coll. Library of Congress

Women’s Access to the Vote Across the US

This series of 14 articles gives a comprehensive history of woman suffrage and the 19th Amendment across America.

  • Suffrage parade in New York City, May 4, 1912. Library of Congress.

    The 19th Amendment: A Crash Course

    A quick overview of woman’s suffrage and the 19th Amendment.

  • Read about 20 suffragists and the work they did to get women the ballot

    20 Suffragists To Know for 2020

    Read about 20 suffragists and the work they did to get women the ballot

  • Coloring of a paper cat. NPS photo.

    Kids Activities

    Express your creative side with kids activities relating to women’s history and women’s suffrage.

  • Sculpture of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucretia Mott, USCapitol, CC0

    The Early Suffrage Movement

    When a small group of women gathered in Seneca Falls, NY in 1848, they galvanized a movement for women’s suffrage.

  • Alice Paul sews a star on the suffrage flag


    The State-by-State Race to Ratification

    Follow the race to the ratification of the 19th Amendment. As each state ratifies (or rejects) the amendment, find their stories here.

  • The Awakening. Collections Library of Congress

    19th Amendment By State

    Explore the state histories of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and women’s right to vote.

  • National Woman's Party Watchfire at the White House. Library of Congress

    FROM 1648 THROUGH 2016

    Expanded US Women’s Suffrage Timeline

    An extended timeline of the fight for women’s suffrage in the United States, from Margaret Brent to Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality

  • People in Bloomers


    Teach It!

    A collection of lesson plans for teachers to engage with the 19th Amendment and Woman Suffrage with their students.

  • StoryMap: Places of Women's Suffrage


    StoryMap: The Ratification of the 19th

    Explore the ratification of the 19th Amendment throughout the US, from the first state in 1920 to the last state in 1984 (plus 2!)

  • Woman suffrage meeting, Sen. Harding's Home, Ohio. Coll. Library of Congress

    19th Amendment Events Across the NPS

    Looking for 19th Amendment events across the National Park Service? Check out our calendar.

EXHIBITION: “Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote” – Library of Congress

Here is the Library of Congress link to this news release:


MAY 2, 2019

New Exhibition ‘Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote’ to Feature Original Manuscripts, Images of Suffrage Movement

Collections of Leading Suffragists from Seneca Falls to 19th Amendment to be Featured in Centennial Exhibition

Press Contact: Brett Zongker (202) 707-1639

The new exhibition “Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote” opens June 4 at the Library of Congress and will be on view through September 2020.

Handwritten letters, speeches, photographs and scrapbooks, created by American suffragists who persisted for more than 70 years to win voting rights for women, will be featured in a new exhibition at the Library of Congress. “Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote,” opening June 4, will tell the story of the largest reform movement in American history with documents and artifacts from the women who changed political history 100 years ago.

Drawing from the personal collections of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Mary Church Terrell, Carrie Chapman Catt, Harriet Stanton Blatch and others, along with the records of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and National Woman’s Party – all donated to the national library years ago – the exhibition will explore women’s long struggle for equality. “Shall Not Be Denied” will trace the movement from before the first women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848, through the divergent political strategies and internal divisions the suffragists overcame, the parades and pickets they orchestrated for voting rights, and the legacy of the 19thAmendment that was finally ratified in 1920.

“As institutions in Washington and across the country mark the centennial of women’s suffrage, now is a great time to learn more about women’s history. At the Library of Congress, we are so thrilled to share this new exhibition at this moment of national reflection,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “Through the personal collections of many extraordinary women who helped shape this country, you will get a more intimate view into the struggles, the rivalries and ultimately the triumphs of this 70-year movement.”

The exhibition is part of a yearlong initiative in 2019 inviting visitors to Explore America’s Changemakers. It will explore the stories of dozens of diverse women who shaped the suffrage movement and made history.

Highlights of the exhibition include marquee records, images, music, merchandise, cartoons and ephemera of the movement. Key items include:

  • Abigail Adams’s letter from 1799 refusing to consign women to an inferior status;
  • A rare printed version of the “Declaration of Sentiments,” a listing of demands Elizabeth Cady Stanton read to more than 300 at Seneca Falls, and the proceedings of a larger national women’s rights meeting two years later in Worcester, Massachusetts, that drew more than 1,000 suffrage supporters;
  • A sculpture of Susan B. Anthony (portrait bust) that she hoped would one day be displayed in the Library of Congress, now on loan for the first time from the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument;
  • An original broadside of the Declaration of Rights for Women that suffragists distributed in Philadelphia in 1876, disrupting the nation’s centennial celebration when Anthony presented the declaration on stage to acting Vice President Thomas Ferry;
  • A draft manuscript of Stanton’s controversial and best-selling “The Woman’s Bible” that paired Biblical text with feminist commentary;
  • Suffrage sheet music and merchandise used to “sell” the idea of suffrage;
  • Images and film footage of political activity on the streets, including the first national parade for suffrage in 1913 in Washington, D.C., which exposed racial divides in the movement and was disrupted by an unruly mob;
  • Banners, pins and a cap and cape worn by suffragists during parades and demonstrations;
  • Photographs of early picketing at the White House and documentation of suffragists’ subsequent arrests, imprisonmentand force feeding;
  • Carrie Chapman Catt’s Ratification Notebook with notes on her strategy to win ratification of the 19th Amendment in each state; and
  • An interactive display on suffragists who helped win the vote state by state.

“Shall Not Be Denied” is part of the national commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, marking major milestones in 2019 and 2020. The exhibition opens on the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Senate’s passage of the suffrage amendment that would become the 19th Amendment once it was ratified by three-quarters of the states on Aug. 26, 1920. The exhibition is on view through September 2020.

An online crowdsourcing campaign to transcribe documents within the Library’s unique suffrage-related collections to make them more searchable and accessible will be ongoing during the exhibition. For more information go to:

“Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote” is made possible by the Library of Congress James Madison Council, with additional support from 1st Financial Bank USA, Democracy Fund, Thomas V. Girardi, AARP, the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Fund at the Boston Foundation, HISTORY® and Roger and Julie Baskes.

The Library is inviting visitors to Explore America’s Changemakers through a series of exhibitions, events and programs. Exhibitions drawing from the Library’s collections will also explore Rosa Parks’ groundbreaking role in civil rights history and artists’ responses to major issues of the day. Other events throughout 2019 will explore changemakers through music, performances and public programs.

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EXHIBITION: The Republican History of Women’s Suffrage

he National Review, April 10, 2019


The Republican History of Women’s Suffrage

Women’s National Republican Club founder Henrietta Wells Livermore (Bain News Service/Library of Congress)

An exhibit at the Women’s National Republican Club in New York tells the story.

A  century ago next year, after several decades of resilient activism, women finally earned the right to vote. And in New York State, the final push for suffrage was launched in 1910 by one-woman juggernaut Henrietta Wells Livermore, who also founded the Women’s National Republican Club in 1921.

This year, to commemorate the historic achievement, the club is featuring an exhibit titled “Women’s Suffrage and the Founding of The Women’s National Republican Club” in its Manhattan headquarters. The exhibit highlights the suffrage movement, the club’s role in educating women about politics and their newly gained right, and relics from the era, including a letter from President Calvin Coolidge.

On February 14, 1910, twelve women met at Livermore’s home to revitalize the suffrage movement in New York State, and suffrage for New York’s women was passed in a statewide referendum in November 1917. To inform women of their newly gained right and the subjects they’d be voting on, she founded the Women’s National Republican Club in New York City in 1921. Today, it’s the oldest national club for Republican women in the country.

The clubhouse itself is the third home of the club, built to accommodate its growing membership, and is located in the heart of Manhattan at the site of Andrew Carnegie’s former home at 3 West 51st Street. The building’s interior is distinguished and regal, and it hosts gala dinners, awards ceremonies, and other events for its members. One of its committees is the Henrietta Wells Livermore School of Politics, which continues to organize volunteers for political campaigns and sponsors political-education seminars and lectures.

“Livermore decided that women needed to be educated so they could vote,” Judy McGrath, the exhibit curator, tells me as she guides me through it. “She was disappointed that there was very low female turnout in the first election that women could vote in, so she wanted to create a place where women could meet other women and become educated on the matters they’d be voting on.”

The exhibit details the club’s history and the lives of its founders, who also include Pauline Sabin and Ruth Baker Pratt. Ruth Baker Pratt was the first female representative to be elected from New York (in 1928), and she said on Election Night that she “did not run as a woman but as a citizen.” Pauline Sabin was the first woman representative to the Republican National Committee and served as a delegate to two Republican National Conventions. She also played a significant role in the repeal of Prohibition.

The exhibit also includes many relics, including a letter from GOP president Calvin Coolidge to the club commemorating its opening in 1924 and a 1902 letter from Susan B. Anthony. Coolidge was an ardent supporter of suffrage at a time when it was unpopular. Usually a walker of the party line, he went against his party’s orthodoxy, noting that women uniquely look to the future and “think of conditions not only for themselves but for their posterity.”

Eventually, the Republican party became the first major party to advocate equal rights for women, and it wasn’t until the Republicans gained control of Congress in 1919 — after Democrats had defeated the 19th amendment four times — that the amendment passed. Twenty-six of the 36 states that ratified it had Republican legislatures.

Maritza Bolano, a chairwoman on the Suffragette Committee and the editor of a forthcoming book detailing the suffrage movement and the founding of the club, emphasizes the importance of the Republican party’s role in suffrage. “The Republican party was the leader in women’s rights, as it had been the leader in abolition from Lincoln. The party leaders welcomed women and wanted women to participate.”

The exhibit is open to club members and their guests, and Bolano tells me groups are encouraged to contact the club and arrange to view it. “It’s important that young people, especially, learn from this exhibit.”

MARLO SAFI is a Collegiate Network Fellow with National Review.

VIDEO/EXHIBITION: National Archives “Rightfully Hers” Exhibit

The video above explains the National Archives suffrage exhibition, “Rightfully Hers,” which opened May 10, 2019 in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery, a collection of photographs and documents from the archives. This also includes a traveling exhibition “One Half the People: Advancing Equality for Women.” There are links to a selection of images from the exhibit on the same page. The National Archive also has put together teaching materials, which you can read about on here (“TeachDoc”) or access directly from the National Archives site here. Look for further information about educational resources available at this National Archive site and the traveling version which will be in the following cities on these dates between 2019 and 2021:

Exhibition: Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence

Here you can read about the National Portrait Gallery’s suffrage centennial exhibition, “Votes for Women: A Portrait in Persistence.” From the website: “Through portraiture, biography, and material culture, the exhibition examines the contributions of the radical women in antislavery societies; women activists of the late nineteenth century; the “New Woman” of the turn of the century; and the militant suffragists of the 1910s. This presentation also highlights the struggles that minority women endured long after the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. The exhibition is curated by Kate C. Lemay, historian and director of Portal, Portrait Gallery’s Scholarly Center, National Portrait Gallery.”