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The #WomensMarch: Standing on the Shoulders of the Women Before Us

By: Kelsey Millay, Administration Coordinator As someone who works for the National Woman’s Party, it was especially spectacular to attend the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, January 21. Every day, I am lucky to have the chance to immerse … Continue reading

Picketing the White House in 1917

After the National Woman’s Party made significant efforts throughout 1916 to organize western women voters to oppose President Wilson and the Democrats in the upcoming election, Wilson was re-elected and the Democrats retained control of Congress, an outcome that was … Continue reading

Alva Belmont: Social Networking for Social Reform

By: Julia Klima, Collections Intern You probably already know that Alva Belmont made substantial financial contributions to the National Woman’s Party and the greater cause of women’s suffrage in the United States (Further background information on Alva can be found … Continue reading

Suffrage Campaign of 1916: A Battle of Narratives

By Jessica Konigsberg, Administration Manager In recognition of election month and our pledge to vote campaign, we return to the historic election of November 1916, a political opportunity that the newly founded National Woman’s Party leveraged toward a single platform: … Continue reading

Stepping Into the NWP Archives

By: Jennifer Krafchik, Deputy Director and Director of Strategic Initiatives Over a decade ago, I first stepped into the National Woman’s Party’s library and archives, or the Florence Bayard Hilles Feminist Library, not knowing that it would be the beginning … Continue reading

“We send into the world today a new paper:” The business and management of The Suffragist

By: Sarah Boonie Collections Education and Outreach Intern On November 15, 1913, Alice Paul used those nine words to introduce the new paper of the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage (later the National Woman’s Party or NWP). Titled The Suffragist, … Continue reading

Before Universal Woman Suffrage: A “Crazy Quilt” of Towns, Counties, and States Where Women Held Partial Voting Rights and Became Candidates for Elective Office

By Jill Norgren and Wendy Chmielewski Historians have long focused on the American woman suffrage movement (1848-1920) as the crucial movement for women’s full citizenship. The meeting at Seneca Falls is celebrated, the exclusion of women from the guarantees of … Continue reading

Suffrage Not Needed: Notes on the anti-suffrage movement

By: Sarah Boonie Collections Education and Outreach Intern While voting rights for women are today seen as fundamental rights, there was a time when groups were actively campaigning against the passing of the 19th Amendment. The organized movement against women’s … Continue reading

The Next 100 Years

As we looked forward to this year of celebrating the centennial of the National Woman’s Party (founded in 1916) we invited you to join us in envisioning the next 100 years.  You’ve helped us share the story of the National … Continue reading

Introducing a “New Woman’s World:” the National Woman’s Party Convention in Chicago

By:  Enid Ocegueda, Collections Intern Described as a “woman suffrage cyclone” by the New York Tribune on June 6, 1916, the Woman’s Party Convention held in Chicago in June 1916 brought together women voters of the west to establish what we … Continue reading

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