Alfreda Barnett Duster oral history interview

"Hear Black Women’s Voices" presents curated content from the Schlesinger Library to provide a toolkit for students, researchers, and activists seeking to study and learn from African American women leaders. 

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The Long 19th Amendment Project Portal

The Long 19th Amendment Project is rethinking the way we write, teach, and talk about the history of women’s suffrage in the United States. This portal is a digital gateway to archival collections, data sets, teaching materials, and scholarship that help us tell a more complex and inclusive story about gender and voting rights in America.

#metoo Digital Media Collection

Photo credit: GGAADDPhoto credit: GGAADDThe Schlesinger Library’s #metoo Digital Media Collection documents the digital footprint of the #metoo movement and the accompanying political, legal, and social battles in the United States.




Voting Matters: Gender, Citizenship, and the Long 19th Amendment

The sessions of the conference represent the culmination of the Schlesinger Library’s Long 19th Amendment Project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute, and Harvard University. The conference considers the long history of women’s activism for the franchise in the broader context of constituting and reconstructing the polity of the United States, from the mid-19th century to the present, in order to better fulfill the Constitution’s promise of a republic governed by We, the People.

Suffrage School

We invite learners of all ages to explore the long, complex, and ongoing efforts to ensure full citizenship for women in the United States.

Current Exhibition

Seeing Citizens

Seeing Citizens: Picturing American Women’s Fight for the Vote

August 26, 2020 to August 26, 2021

View this digital exhibition on the Long 19th Amendment Project Portal.

In response to decades of sexist pictures, suffragists constructed a visual vocabulary that challenged ideas of women’s place in society, expanded notions of citizenship, and laid the foundation for modern media politics. This exhibition presents the images that leading activists wanted the public to see—and some that they wanted to hide.

Picks & Finds

[Thomas Bayley Fox, Jr., 1857. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library]

One Hundred and Fifty-six Years of Memories

Archivists often remember the names and odd bits of information about people long dead.

[Excerpt from Juneau News (Juneau, Alaska, NOW newsletter). Courtesy of Schlesinger Library]

Local NOW Newsletters Digitized

Our collection of NOW local chapter newsletters provides rich documentation of local and regional issues as women worked together to achieve equality at home, at work, in churches, in the media, and in politics.