Women's History

Evanston Women and the 19th – A New Web Resource

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 …

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100 Years of Illinois Women Voting: Evanston Celebrates!

100 years ago in June 1913, Illinois women won the right to vote. The story of the battle for suffrage in Illinois is important for several reasons: Illinois was the first state east of the Mississippi to expand the vote to women; Illinois was a more populous state than any previous state to give women …

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May Wood Simons and International Women’s Day

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day and this moment has a surprising Evanston connection in May Wood Simons. Simons and her husband, Algie, were Evanston residents for many years and were active in the early years of the Socialist Party in America. Simons wrote for and edited several socialist publications, including …

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