Articles & Books

Even in the late 1800s and early 1900s, suffragists understood the power of the press. They paraded, picketed and gathered in public spaces with the intention of drawing attention to their cause.  More recently, when we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, authors, educators and history lovers worked to bring light to sometimes-forgotten women. 


Articles

 

Maryland and the 19th Amendment, National Park Service 

How Black Suffragists Fought for the Right to Vote and a Modicum of Respect by Martha S. Jones, PhD. 

Black Women and The Vote: Lifting as We Climb by Jean Thompson, Journalist and Maryland Women’s Heritage Center volunteer

The Very Queer History of the Suffrage Movement 

Maryland’s Back suffragists’ history finally being told 100 years after women won the right to voteby Jonathan Pitts, 8/18/2020

‘Brilliant and politically savvy:’ The roles of African American women in the fight to vote 100 years ago by Jessica Bliss and Jasmine Vaughn-Hall, USA TODAY, published 02/26/2020; Updated 08/16/2020

 

Special Publications

To the Front: Black Women and the Votea joint publication from AFRO and Afro Charities
Explore the suffrage movement through the voices of Black women. This is a special edition publication that connects the suffragists’ activism with that of their 21st century counterparts. The publication includes reprinted AFRO news articles covering the suffrage movement, as well as photographs of early Black suffragists. It also includes current reflections on the movement from historians, archivists, essayists and independent researchers who explore the contributions of Black women in the historic national suffrage movement and the continuing struggle against voter suppression.

Contributors include Martha S. Jones, Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and professor of history at Johns Hopkins University; Jean Thompson, an independent researcher with the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center; Lisa Snowden McCray, journalist; Savannah Wood, archivist at The AFRO; Beverly Carter, archivist of the Du Bois Circle, an historic Baltimore women’s club associated with the Niagara Movement and many more. 

 

Books

The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss 

Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All by Martha S. Jones, Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and professor of history at Johns Hopkins University 

 

Research Resources

Online Biographical Dictionary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in the United States

Maryland State Archives – Women’s Suffrage 

National Organization of Women (NOW)- Sisters of Suffrage 

League of Women Voters – Suffrage Toolkit