Women's Rights and the Right to Vote

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Introduction

The term, suffragette was used for members of the feminist movement who sought the right to vote in the United States. This movement took place in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.Women did not possess the same rights as men such as owning property and voting. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony stand out as leaders in the movement for women to vote. The 19th Amendment in 1920 finally gave women the right to vote. Refer to the Gale Virtual Reference Library database for background information on women's struggle to obtain the vote. It is interesting to compare various countries and when the vote was granted to women. Follow this link to the InfoPlease site to compare the U.S. with other countries.

Books

Select the Books/Media tab on the Library's Website to locate both print and electronic books (eBooks). eBooks can be read from the computer screen. Print books are located either in the circulating collection on the second floor or in the reference room on the first floor. Circulating books can be checked out of the library at the Circulation Desk. Books in reference are intended to be consulted.

Here is a print encyclopedia found in reference:

International Encyclopedia of Women's Suffrage

Here is an electronic book (eBook) that can be viewed online:

Votes for Women: the Struggle for Suffrage Revisited

Search eBooks.

Article Databases

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000

Here you can find primary source documents and timelines. One of the ways you can browse is by movement, "Suffragist Movement."

Gender Studies Collection

JSTOR

It has full text articles from journals with some primary sources.

Academic Search Complete

This is a multi-disciplinary database that offers the full text of journal, magazine and newspaper articles.

Discovery Search

Searches many of the Library's databases at once.

New York Times Digital Edition

Selected Websites

Some of these links provide access to primary source materials. These are eye witness accounts of what took place during a certain period in history. Here you may find diaries, newspaper articles, correspondence and various artifacts that will bring this period of history alive for you.

The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House

The Susan B. Anthony House which is located in Rochester, New York has as its mission to collect artifacts and research materials to make them available to all those interested. Susan B. Anthony was involved in th abolition and temperance movements. The site includes materials for teachers.

The National Women's History Museum collects the contributions of women in the various areas of economics, social sciences, education politics and more. There is a woman suffrage tour, lesson plans, biographies, and videos.

Discovering American Women's History Online

Provides access to over 650 digital collections of primary sources. Primary sources include photographs,diaries, correspondence, newspaper articles and artifacts all from the time period.

National Archives - Woman Suffrage and the 19th Amendment

This provides primary source documents on woman suffrage and the 19th amendment.

American Women: a Gateway to Library of Congress Resources for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States

The Revolution - newspaper - (Lewis & Clark Digital Collections)

The proprietor for this newspaper was Susan B. Anthony. It was devoted to articles on women's rights and the suffrage movement. The Revolution began publication in 1868 and ran until 1872. 

Accessible Archives

This database focuses on primary sources for American history. You can  also find the newspaper, The Revolution here.

The 1911 Triangle Factory Fire

Read about the day the deadly fire broke out in the Triangle Waist Factory in New York City on March 25, 1911.

The National Museum of American History (Smithsonian)

Type Suffragist movement to read about its history.

Harvard University Library Open Collections Program: Women Working 1800 - 1930

This is an extensive online research collection documenting women's history in terms of working conditions and social issues. It includes books, trade catalogs, archives, magazines, photographs, and manuscripts.

League of Women Voters

Citing Sources

You are required to cite the source of your information. This includes direct quotes, paraphrasing, referring to someone's original idea or coined expression. Use the "Cite" link in the right side bar in the databases. This will lead you to the citation of the book or article in the format that you choose, e.g., MLA or APA. It is suggested that you copy and paste the citation into a Word document. Here are links to citation tools:

MLA Style Guide

APA Style Guide

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

 

D. Spanfelner, Ph.D. May 1, 2015; updated D. Curtin 7/26/18

 

Subject(s): 
History
Liberal Arts
Social Science