Women Suffrage - Online Museum Exhibit

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Women Suffrage - Online Museum Exhibit

This is an image of a membership card that was issued to all women with plans to attend the Annual Convention of the New York State Women Suffrage Association. This card was significant because the Geneva Political Equality Club was an exclusive club that was only open to the most radical women suffrage advocators. Admission was in fact free, but without such a card, admission was denied.

This notable document expresses the overall goal of the motivational speaker, Elizabeth Burrill Curtis: to push for women recognition amongst the established role of men during the Civil War period. This address is spoken from her well-known father, George William Curtis, before the New York State Constitutional Convention. A key phrase reads, "It is said that the state belongs to men, and the home to women, but where, gentlemen, will we draw the line?"

George Curtis' Address at New York State Constitution Convention

New York State Women Suffrage Association Membership Ticket

This is an image of a suffrage protester who holds a sign clearly expressing the beliefs of a suffrage advocator. The statements shown on this sign summarizes the main beliefs of suffrage associations. It is imperative to take note of the fact that many men, government officials, and often the head of significant organizations began to view protests of suffrage as crimes, prompting women to attempt to change this point of view through their practices.

This image depicts suffragists dressed with sashes advocating and protesting for a voice for women, and the right to vote. They ventured past the Washington Post determined to become noticed and create and everlasting effect on those who gave their attention. As they did so, they were flanked by policemen, furthermore showing just how intense these movements were.

Women Suffrage

Mary Winsor holding Suffrage Prisoner Banner

This image is probably the most significant piece as it depicts members of the National Women Party (NWP) watching over a women named Alice Paul as she sews another star onto the NWP ratification flag. A new star is sewed every time a state ratifies the 19th Amendment, which was an addition to the U.S. Constitution that granted the right to vote to all American women (women suffrage).

Women marching in Washington D.C.

Alice Paul sews a Ratification Star

This is a picture of a woman named Lucy Burns who played an extremely important role in the Civil War period by not only helping to push for women suffrage, but oversee the actions and decisions made by the various associations to better their campaigns. She was the Vice Chairman of the Congressional Union for Women Suffrage, as well as the co-founder of the National Women’s Party.

Lucy Burns


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