Women’s Organizations

Piecing History Together: the story of the Mathilda Dunbar Club

By Sophia Weglarz, EWHP 2021 Summer Intern In my previous blog post, I discussed the 1932 alliance between Evanston’s first Black alderman, Edwin Jourdain, and the first female alderwoman, Daisy Sandidge, when Sandidge ran for Jourdain’s unexpired term at his behest after he was removed for supposed election fraud. Earlier this summer, I wrote about

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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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International Women’s Day Evanston 2012

We are excited to announce a new event celebrating women and girls here in Evanston and around the globe: International Women’s Day Evanston 2012. The YWCA Evanston/North Shore, Northwestern University Women’s Center and the Woman’s Club of Evanston are hosting a breakfast in celebration Thursday, March 8 from 7:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at the John Evans Alumni Center, Northwestern

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Evanston and Women's Suffrage

From Evanston’s earliest years, women were active locally and nationally in advocating for women’s suffrage. As early as 1876, Evanston was home to the Pro and Con Club, organized by Elizabeth Boynton Harbert, author and suffrage activist, for the purpose of discussing women’s suffrage. Harbert had participated in the founding of the American Woman’s Suffrage Association

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Frances E. Willard

World renowned social reformer Frances E. Willard (1839-1898) lived in Evanston all her adult life.  Through her efforts, the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union became the largest women’s organization in the U.S. before 1900, and mobilized countless women to take on a wider role in the world through temperance activism.  Her “Do Everything” reform agenda included

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