On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote was added to the Constitution. While people today associate the women’s suffrage movement with more well-known women like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, or Alice Paul, many women across the U.S. battled for the right, and many of them lived in Evanston.
The onsite exhibit – Evanston Women and the Fight for the Vote – is now open again at the Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston. For more information about visiting EHC to see the exhibit, click here. Plans are for the exhibit to remain up through mid-May of 2021.
In addition to the onsite exhibit, we have two web resources that honor the roles Evanston women and organizations played in the long-fought battle for women’s political equality.
This website showcases the stories of Evanston women and organizations that contributed to the women’s suffrage movement during the 19th and 20th centuries. Visitors can browse the collections to gain an understanding of the tools suffragists used to argue their position and to make significant strides in gaining the public’s support of women’s suffrage. The exhibits build on the collections, providing contexts for understanding why these Evanston women were involved in the women’s suffrage movement and how each of the organizations worked to make women’s suffrage a reality.
This timeline links the work of Evanston women and organizations to the larger suffrage movement taking place on the state and national level. It also shows the evolution of the movement as it addressed challenges and obstacles leading up to the vote in 1920.
Illinois Suffrage History
For more on the history of the woman’s suffrage movement in Illinois – visit our companion website at www.suffrage2020illinois.org.