Saturday, March 22, 2014

Huzzah for the Suffragists!

Another gem from A Mighty Girl
The fight for women's suffrage in the US lasted 72 years from the first women's right conference in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848 to the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote in 1920. The text of the amendment is simple, straightforward, and to modern Americans, absolutely obvious, but at the turn of the twentieth century, it was an unpopular point of view among many.

The pamphlet pictured here was created by an organization founded in 1911 to actively oppose state and national suffrage efforts, the National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage. In it, they listed several reasons for opposing women's suffrage including: "Because it is unwise to risk the good we already have for the evil which may occur." The group disbanded in 1920 after the passage of the 19th Amendment.

This year will mark the 94th anniversary of women's right to vote and, for Women's History Month, we're celebrating a few of the original Mighty Girls -- the suffragists! The suffragists were activists who worked tirelessly to secure that right for themselves, their daughters, and future generations of American women. Women are still grateful for the work of their suffragist sisters; since the 1980s, women have been turning out to vote in significantly higher numbers than men.

To introduce children and teens to the amazing women of the US suffrage movement, check out our blog post on “How Women Won the Vote: Teaching Kids About the U.S. Suffrage Movement” for numerous reading recommendations:

A Mighty Girl also features special collections on two of the most famous early American suffragists: Susan B. Anthony ( and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (

For many stories for children and teens about the women's suffrage movement in the US, UK, and Canada, visit our Women's History section at

To learn more about the contributions of suffragists, Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, and their important legacy in securing women's right to vote, the film "Iron Jawed Angels" is highly recommended for viewers 13 and up (

The excellent "One Woman, One Vote" documentary also tells Paul's story, along with that of the Suffrage Movement's other key leaders such as Anthony and Stanton -- for viewers 10 and up (  - Note: I use this film and my students love it!