Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Original Occupiers?

Since I’ve begun reading about Alice Paul and the National Woman’s Party, I’ve come to the conclusion that the women who picketed in front of the White House in 1917 were arguably the original “Occupiers.” They may not have had … Continue reading

The Voting Machine

One of our more recently acquired items, this is a voting machine from the 1800’s. It was used for a state and local election in Jamestown, New York. The reason this particular machine is in the National Woman’s Party collection … Continue reading

Impatience is a Virtue

One day in the fall of 1915, four women on a long journey from San Francisco to Washington, DC to deliver a petition for women’s suffrage stopped their car briefly and posed impatiently for a picture. Of course, I don’t … Continue reading

Five Generations and Counting

With Thanks to Alice Paul In 1920, my mother’s mother would have been voting age. She voted until almost the end of her life, cancelling out her husband’s vote the whole time. My mother voted as soon as she was … Continue reading

The Women’s Suffrage Procession of 1913

In December of 1912, with a budget of $10, Alice Paul and Lucy Burns arrived in DC. Their objective? To plan the Women’s Suffrage Procession on March 3, 1013, one day before Woodrow Wilson’s Inauguration. Watch this video to learn … Continue reading

Voting Matters

People often ask me why I vote and the simple answer is – because I can. The long answer is because for over 100 years women in this country couldn’t vote and, as a woman, voting is one of the … Continue reading

Early Lessons in Feminism

I was nine years old in 1950 when I met Miss Georgiana Fulton and absorbed my first feminist lessons. Her ram-shackled cottage was on my way home from school. She was in her seventies and lived alone without indoor plumbing … Continue reading

Why Women Suffrage Still Matters

I recently read an interview given by Susan B. Anthony to the Saint Paul Globe in 1904, two years before she died, and sixteen years before the Constitution was amended, giving women equal suffrage in the United States. The interviewer … Continue reading

Frame an Iconic American: Vote for your favorite historical figure

This post is pulled from the National Museum of American History’s Blog, which can be accessed here. Help choose a historical figure whose biographical portrait will be composed by Robert Weingarten, a noted photographic artist. Read about Audie Murphy, Alice … Continue reading

The Question Producer Pin

These pins were created by the National Woman’s Party and were known as “question producers.” The pin depicts a man and woman equally holding up the world – with the numbers 50-50 overhead. It was created to evoke the spirit … Continue reading