by Reference Librarian 2 | August 15, 2020 at 12:08 PM
One hundred years ago this month, in August 1920, Congress ratified the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. This amendment states that "the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex."
To learn more about the history of women's suffrage before and after this important milestone, including the challenges that women continued to face, check out some of the websites and e-resources listed below.
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons
- 2020 Women's Vote Centennial Initiative, "a collaboration of women-centered institutions, organizations, and scholars from across the US"
- 5 Things You Might Not Know About the 19th Amendment, from PBS NewsHour
- Shall not be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote online exhibition, from the Library of Congress
- Votes for Women, from the Smithsonian
- Five You Should Know: African American Suffragists, from the National Museum of African American History & Culture
- Woman Suffrage and the 19th Amendment, from the National Archives
- Suffragist of the Month online exhibition, from the Commonwealth Museum
- Crusade for the Vote, from the National Women’s History Museum
- The Women’s Rights Movement, 1848–1920 from the U.S. House of Representatives
- Women's Suffrage, from the National WWI Museum and Memorial
- African American Women and the Nineteenth Amendment, from the National Park Service
- Not all Women Gained the Vote in 1920, from PBS American Experience
Digital Library Staff Picks
- Women's Suffrage - OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks
- Suffrage collection on Hoopla - Ebooks, audiobooks and videos
- Suffrage collection on Kanopy - Streaming video
- Votes for Women! by Winifred Conkling (2018). Ebook available on Hoopla.
- NPR American Chronicles: Women's Equality, read by Susan Stamberg (2012). Audiobook available on Hoopla.
- Perfect 36 : When Women Won the Vote, directed by Yoshie Lewis (2017). Streaming video available on Kanopy.
- What 80 Million Women Want, directed by Willard Louis (1913). Streaming video available on Kanopy.
- Ida B. Wells: A Passion For Justice, directed by William Greaves (1989). Streaming video available on Kanopy.
Access to OverDrive is available to all Minuteman card holders.
Access to Hoopla and Kanopy is limited to Acton residents. Other residents may access these resources through their home library's subscriptions or by registering for a Boston Public Library e-card.