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The Diversity of the Women’s Suffrage Movement

The history of women’s suffrage is most often told through the stories of a few famous suffragists such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. However, they were by no means alone in the effort to win the right to vote for women in the United States. From the earliest years of the movement, they were joined by scores of African American, Native American, Latina and queer women all of whom fought for equality and suffrage for women as a whole and within in their communities.

This year’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment brings awareness and recognition of their contributions. Take a look at the stories below to learn more about these remarkable women.

Meet the Brave but Overlooked Women of Color Who Fought for the Vote – NY Times

Mary Church Terrell: Black Suffragist and Civil Rights Activist – Women’s Vote Centennial

In 1920, Native Women Sought the Vote. Here’s What’s Next – NY Times

Overlooked No More: Jovita Idár, Who Promoted Rights of Mexican-Americans and Women – NY Times

How Queer Women Powered the Suffrage Movement – NY Times

Photo Credit: The cover art for “Finish the Fight!”Credit…Finish the Fight! published by HMH/Versify, Art by Steffi Walthall, 2020