"Votes for Women" pin, 1920. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library"Votes for Women" pin, 1920. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Suspended Beauty: A “Votes for Women” Mystery

May 23, 2019

Research for a book about suffragists and material culture uncovers a colorful puzzle in the Schlesinger Library's Woman’s Rights Collection.

Portrait of Wenona Osborne Pinkham, ca. 1915-1920. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryPortrait of Wenona Osborne Pinkham, ca. 1915-1920. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

How to Woo a Suffragist

April 19, 2018

The situation was a dire one for Henry W. Pinkham. It was spring 1905, and he had met the woman of his dreams, Wenona Osborne. But first he had to overcome the “emphatic disapproval” of her mother.

In Honor of Women's History Month: The Things We Carried

March 14, 2013

In the course of the past 150 years, women’s efforts in behalf of social justice (including suffrage, equal rights, fair labor laws, peace, and civil rights for African Americans and gays and lesbians) have been well documented in diaries, speeches, correspondence, and meeting minutes—some passionate and intimate, others written for a public audience. But what happens to those ephemeral pieces left behind in dresser drawers or rolled up at the back of a closet, forgotten once the march was over or the election won? 

Poster from the Alice Park Poster collection. A woman in armor on a horse carrying a flag in support of the Stanford Chapter of the Collegiate Woman Equal Suffrage League.Poster from the Alice Park Poster collection. A woman in armor on a horse carrying a flag in support of the Stanford Chapter of the Collegiate Woman Equal Suffrage League.

Suffrage Posters

August 26, 2013

The Schlesinger Library has recently digitized hundreds of posters from its collections, including dozens of suffrage posters representing the efforts of both the American and British suffrage campaigns. To celebrate the certification of the 19th Amendment, which occurred on August 26, 1920, we’ve put together a few highlights below.

Lyrics to Woman's AmericaLyrics to Woman's America

New Collection Documents the Years Before and After Women’s Suffrage

October 13, 2011

Out of the blue, in March, came a call from the great-granddaughter of Edna Lamprey Stantial. Stantial was for many years archivist of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Her name is familiar to those who study that era, but there is no significant collection of her papers anywhere. That made the answer to the question of whether Schlesinger Library would be interested in Stantial's papers easy—yes!

From One Suffragist to Another

August 9, 2011

The fight for woman suffrage was long and hard-fought by several generations of women. In 1902 Susan B. Anthony inscribed the following to her fellow suffragist Caroline H. Dall in the just completed volume four of The History of Woman Suffrage:

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