Suffrage Articles and 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.


A Vote For Women

Produced by National Women’s History Alliance and St James House in London. 

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

Votes for Women! A Portrait of Persistence

by Kate Clarke Lemay with Susan Goodier, Martha S. Jones and Lisa Tetrault


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

‘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

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

Maryland and the 19th Amendment, National Park Service

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

Retracing the Steps of Baltimore Suffragists, by Jean Thompson (MWHC volunteer writer and researcher), Maryland Humanities, November 19, 2019

The Very Queer History of the Suffrage Movement 

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.