Introducing the Women’s Suffrage Collection

In 2012 we introduced the Amelia Bloomer’s temperance and early suffrage newspaper, The Lily.

In 2013 we brought online Matilda Joslyn Gage’s National Citizen and Ballot Box with her statement “Its especial object will be to secure national protection to women citizens in the exercise of their rights to vote… it will oppose Class Legislation of whatever form… Women of every class, condition, rank and name will find this paper their friend” and The Revolution, the weekly official publication of the National Woman Suffrage Association formed by feminists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony to secure women’s enfranchisement through a federal constitutional amendment.

This year, we have expanded our suffrage news coverage into the American West with:

  • The New Citizen, Seattle, WA – October, 1909 – January, 1912 – Considered the first woman newspaper publisher in Washington State, Missouri Hanna was the founder and editor of The New Citizen, the successor to her earlier suffrage publication Votes for Women.
  • Western Woman Voter, Seattle, WA – January, 1911 – January, 1913 – Established to serve all women voters throughout the western U.S., Western Woman Voter began publication following the passage of suffrage in Washington State. Adella Parker, a popular Seattle lawyer and prominent suffragist, was the driving force behind both it and the suffrage movement. It also served as a print forum for Parker’s progressivist sympathies regarding political and social reform.

And to help put the struggle for women’s voting rights in context, we have added The Remonstrance, the official publication of the Massachusetts Association Opposed to the Further Extension of Suffrage to Women. First published annually and later quarterly in Boston from February, 1890 until October, 1913, it provided a forum for women who opposed the expansion of voting rights to women.

The collection overview is at Women’s Suffrage Collection.

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