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

Women on the $10 and $20

We are rejoicing with the news revealed by the U.S. Treasury that women will not only appear on the $10, but also on the $20 and the $5. This is a huge win for women everywhere and for history, as … Continue reading

The 1916 Suffrage Special: An Expedition to Form the National Woman’s Party

In April 1916, the officers of the Congressional Union, representing 36 un-enfranchised states, held a conference to discuss and debate a new strategy for securing the federal suffrage amendment by the end of that year. The officers and others in … Continue reading

The Lives of Suffragists: National Woman’s Party Early Years

Between 1913 and 1916, as the Congressional Committee (led by Alice Paul) founded first the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage and then the National Woman’s Party, women around the country were taking on intense, life-changing commitments under these organizational banners—all … Continue reading

Equal Nationality for Women: The Fine-Tuning of the Cable Act

Last September 22, we marked the passage of the Cable Act, which was signed into law on that day in 1922. The Cable Act significantly improved gender equality in nationality law by providing that American women would no longer lose … Continue reading

Alva and her Scrapbooks

Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, one of the early leaders of the Congressional Union and National Woman’s Party, will probably always be known as a force to be reckoned with. A fiery philanthropist and women’s rights activist, Alva initially worked with the … Continue reading

January 1916: The Lay of the Land for the Congressional Union

The beginning of 1916 presented opportunities for the Congressional Union. Following a final failed attempt to merge with the National American Woman Suffrage Association in December 1915, the Congressional Union led by Alice Paul, fully dedicated itself to the federal … Continue reading

Forgotten Women: A Follow-Up to Our #TextileTuesday Posts Of Memorial Banners

In December, we focused our #TextileTuesday Twitter posts on the banners carried in 1933 at a memorial service for the late Alva Belmont, president and benefactor of the National Woman’s Party (NWP). As mentioned in an earlier blog, the banners … Continue reading

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