Evanston Women and the Fight for the Vote

Evanston Women and the Fight for the Vote opens with a free community open house on Sunday, March 8th – International Women’s Day – from 1 – 4 p.m. This new exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which gave American women the right to vote. 

Evanston Women and the Fight for the Vote shares the story of the critical role that Evanston women like Frances Willard, Elizabeth Boynton Harbert and Catharine Waugh McCulloch and many others played in the local, state and national women’s suffrage movements. The exhibit will explore the tactics and strategies that suffragists used through the use of original artifacts, archival materials, costumes and photographs from the EHC collection. 

Evanston Women and the Fight for the Vote will be up through December of 2020. The exhibit will be open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1:00 – 4:00. Regular admission is $10, free for children 10 and under.

Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote

Sites throughout Evanston (listed below) will host a popup exhibition from the National Archives, Rightfully Hers, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Rightfully Hers contains simple messages exploring the history of the ratification of the 19th amendment, women’s voting rights before and after the 19th, and its impact today. Despite decades of marches, petitions, and public debate to enshrine a woman’s right to vote in the constitution, the 19th Amendment – while an enormous milestone – did not grant voting rights for all. The challenges of its passage reverberate to the ongoing fight for gender equity today. 

  • January – Lorraine Morton Civic Center – 2nd Floor Gallery – 2100 Ridge Avenue
  • February – Evanston/North Shore YWCA – 1215 Church St.
  • March – Evanston History Center – 225 Greenwood Street
  • April – Evanston Township High School – 1600 Dodge Avenue
  • May – Evanston Public Library – 1703 Orrington Avenue
  • June – Frances Willard House Museum – 1730 Chicago Avenue
  • July – Robert Crown Center Library – 1701 Main Street

On The Same Terms: 150 Years of Women at Northwestern

A century and a half ago, Northwestern Trustees voted to admit young women to the University “upon the same terms and conditions as young men.” But that decision on June 23, 1869, was far from the end of the work required to make equal classmates of the women on campus. The path leading from the Trustees’ simple resolution to today was not so straightforward. 

This exhibition examines the twisting and tenuous road Northwestern traveled on its way to educating college-age women in an era when the concept was still controversial, the implementation virtually untested, and the long-term results unpredictable.

Using documents, maps, photographs, and artifacts from the University Archives, the exhibit begins by tracing the unique elements in Evanston’s and Northwestern’s history that led, fourteen years from the University’s founding, to the admission of women. The focus then shifts to the dilemmas faced by University administration about exactly how to incorporate women into the college—with particular worries about housing and supervising them; the unexpected events that changed the course of coeducation at Northwestern; and the ways that women students themselves interpreted their roles as Northwestern “co-eds.”

The exhibit runs through June 2020 at Northwestern University Deering Library – 1937 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Illinois.