Suffrage: Women Fight for the Vote

Women’s demand for the vote was radical and transforming. The movement questioned the country’s commitment to democracy, highlighted persistent racial and class tensions, and challenged existing domestic relationships. It also affected—for better and worse—the women and families who became involved in the struggle. Few women who began the suffrage struggle before the Civil War, including Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucy Stone lived long enough to witness its final victory, but their work was carried on by the younger women, such as Carrie Chapman Catt, and in some cases their direct descendents, such as Alice Stone Blackwell, whom they inspired and taught.

Many of the personal papers of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mary Church Terrell, Carrie Chapman Catt, Anna E. Dickinson, Lucy Stone, and Alice Stone Blackwell are included here, and have never been fully transcribed. Explore the daily lives of these determined leaders and their stories of hope, perseverance, sacrifice, courage, creativity, and conviction, as well as how everyday Americans participated in and reacted to the suffrage movement.