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The Evanston Women’s History Project is excited to unveil a new web resource that will highlight the contributions Evanston women and organizations made to making the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, removing gender restrictions on voting, possible.

People today associate this accomplishment with well-known figures like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, but there are thousands of lesser-known women, many of them Evanstonians, who devoted their lives to the movement and helped make women’s right to vote possible.

In honor of the upcoming 2020 centennial of the 19th Amendment, the Evanston Women’s History Project is launching Evanston and the 19th, in which the stories of Evanston women and organizations that contributed to the movement will be showcased. Digital resources held in the Evanston History Center archives will be included.

Evanston and the 19th begins with three very influential Evanston women—Frances Willard, Elizabeth Boynton Harbert and Catharine Waugh McCulloch—as well as one very important organization—the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. Over time, other women and women’s organizations will be highlighted, so stay tuned for more.

To visit the website, go to evanstonandthe19th.omeka.net.

This new resource was the summer 2015 project of Alisa Bajramovic, our first Vickie Burke Intern for Women’s History, and Maggie McClain, our fall 2015 intern. Thank you, Alisa and Maggie!

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