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A Women's Vote Centennial Resource List

So many people have joined in the statewide commemorations of the centennial of the 19th Amendment in the past 20 months. Innumerable individuals and groups across Colorado have added to our collective knowledge of the various stories of the struggle for suffrage and we have been lucky to help collect this knowledge.

One question we are often asked is what resources can someone use to learn more about the fight for the 19th Amendment. We have compiled this list to get you started.

If you were inspired by the Bold Women. Change History. speaker series, here are books by the presenters:

  • Maria Hinojosa, Once I Was You
  • Samantha Power, The Education of an Idealist
  • Carol Anderson, One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Killing Our Democracy
  • Liette Gidlow, The Big Vote: Gender, Consumer Culture, and the Politics of Exclusion, 1890s-1920s
  • Sally Roesch Wagner, The Women’s Suffrage Movement
  • Sally Roesch Wagner, Sisters in Spirit: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on Early American Feminists
  • Dawn Teele, Forging the Franchise
  • Amber McReynolds and Stephanie Donner, When Women Vote
  • Tina Cassidy, Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait

If you want to discover more information about some of the lesser known women involved in the fight for enfranchisement:

If you would like to learn more about Black women and the fight for voting rights:

In the meantime essays by Jones are available now: 

If you are looking for an interactive experience:

If you like to learn through art and photography:

If podcasts are your favorite way to learn, you are in luck!  There are many on the history of voting and women’s suffrage:

  • Two new podcasts from the National Park Service debuted in August, And Nothing Less for adults and The Magic Sash for youth.
  • She Votes! With Ellen Goodman and Lynn Sherr
  • The History of Voting chronicles our ever changing voting right from the colonial era to today.  One episode focuses on women’s suffrage and another on Native American’s voting rights.  
  • Hindsight looks at 100 years of women’s suffrage in a six part series.  One episode entitled Regionalism, Race and the Right to Vote also offers a look at Colorado.
  • Susan Stephenson, on American Epistles, has a talent for finding obscure primary sources. In this episode, she uncovers the voices of men and women of color who were both for and against suffrage.
  • The History Chicks, hosted by Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider, has episodes on Mary Church Terrell, Belva Lockwood, Victoria Woodhull, Ida B. Wells, and more.

If you would like to learn more about Native American’s Voting Rights:

If you are curious about immigration and voting rights:

If you would like to learn about the Voting Rights Act:

If you are still looking for more, here are collections of articles:

This is in no way an exhaustive list. If you find a compelling resource, please share it to our Facebook page. Onward!