SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT PRIMARY DOCUMENTS ON GRASSROOTS LEVEL LIMITED
As the 2020 suffrage centennial approaches, there are an increasing number of excellent books being published that shed more light than ever on the history of first wave women’s rights activism and the numerous attempts to make the most of what’s out there.
One example is “Women Will Vote” (2017, Cornell University Press) by Susan Goodier and Karen Pastorello that delves into the loose association of organizations and individuals that collectively and separately contributed to New York women winning the vote in 1917, a turning point in the national movement.”
“Aside from suffrage leaders, very few workers left detailed records of their activities behind,” the authors noted in their text (p. 174, hardbound edition). This suggests that archival Votes for Women collections like the one assembled by Edna Kearns are especially valuable from the perspective of the organizer or field representative on the ground.
A WEB SITE DEVOTED TO EVENTS AND 2020 SUFFRAGE ACTIVITIES!
Make sure you are linked to the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative’s (WVCI) website, 2020centennial.org, that serves as an organizing and information-sharing entity for programs, projects, and activities commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and a way to stimulate dialogue to address the ongoing initiative for women’s rights.
WVCI is a collaborative network of women centered institutions, organizations, and individuals from across the US. The cooperative effort is to ensure that the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment is honored throughout the United States in ways that: 1) include the influence and stories of the various components of the suffrage movement in ways that reflect the accuracy of the historical record; 2) recognize the legal and social advances resulting from the 19th Amendment; 3) acknowledge the inadequacies of the Amendment’s implementation; 4) describe its continuing relevance to the ongoing struggle for equal rights; 5) encourage involvement in large and small activities at all levels by diverse public, nonprofit, and private organizations and individuals. For more information and resources about the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative, visit 2020centennial.org.