Votes for Women National Trail

 

In honor of the August 26, 2020 centennial celebration of woman’s suffrage in the United States, NCWHS is leading the effort to develop a nation-wide Votes for Women Trail. The Trail will highlight the role of each state in the 72-year battle to achieve women’s suffrage. Will you join this effort?

This project is truly a grassroots effort. Each state will have a coordinator who will lead volunteers from across their state to find and to research those sites that have a history with the women’s suffrage movement. They enter that information into a comprehensive database that will be used to populate an interactive nationwide map, which will - for the first time - represent the complete story of the struggle for women’s suffrage. The ultimate objective of this project is to show how social change occurs, to honor the suffrage movement’s countless participants, and to inspire future generations to treasure their right to vote.

Interested is assisting your State Coordinator? Please contact Marsha Weinstein today at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 502-819-2537. Our initial goal is to connect 1,000 sites by January 1, 2017. The suffragists of our states certainly did their share; now let’s do ours!

 

In 2020, America will celebrate the 100th anniversary of passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. It took 72 long years from the adoption of the Declaration of Rights and Sentiments in 1848 at the First Women's Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY. We want every state to be an integral part of all the national events, but we need your help and knowledge to make this happen.

You can view the larger Votes for Women National Trail map here.

What can you do to help?

  1. Identify sites in your state. Many ideas on where to get started can be found below.
  2. Add the name, address and significance of the site to our database: https://goo.gl/forms/UyBc10vK3kGEA9qg1
  3. Encourage others to join this effort! Our goal is to reach 1,000 sites by January 1, 2017. 

***We also have a PDF version of the form that you can fill out by hand if you prefer. You can complete the Google Form after you have completed your research, or you can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to find out where to send your completed, hand-written PDF version. Thank you!

While there is currently no funding to get this project off the ground, let us recall that the majority of the women and men we are identifying on this trail had no funding either. We can honor those who fought for a woman’s right to vote by forging this new historic trail.

How to Fill Out a Google Form

 

A Guide to Get you Started

While this is by no means an exhaustive list, the resources below can get you started on your journey of discovering where women's suffrage activity happened in your state.

  • Newspapers: invaluable resource to find both pro- and anti-suffrage articles, letters, and editorials. The HerStory Scrapbook is an excellent example of how newspapers can be used to gather information. It focuses on the final four years of the women’s suffrage campaign, as reported by The New York Times from 1917-1920.
  • Cemeteries: monuments, statues, gravesite markers
  • Historic houses
    • Childhood: where suffragists/ anti-suffragists were born and raised
    • Adult: where suffragists lived later in life
  • Courthouses: the places where important legal battles were fought over women’s suffrage
  • State legislature/state capitol building: many state-wide suffrage events took place in state capitals. For example, there may be pictures of a governor signing the 19th amendment or photos and transcripts covering the debates surrounding the ratification of the 19th Amendment
  • Churches & religious institutions: often used for suffrage/anti-suffrage meetings
  • State or federal highway markers honoring a suffragist or suffrage movement
  • Other memorial markers/plaques/statues: as an example, the Boston Women’s Memorial
  • Women's parks or halls of fame with reference to suffragists
  • Sites of local, state, national suffrage conventions/conferences
  • Sites of speeches by state/national women’s suffrage leaders
  • Parades, fairs: streets/avenues where these events were held
  • Parks: local, state, national
  • Sites of local or state suffrage association headquarters or meeting places: a library, person's home, etc.
  • Headquarters of other women's clubs that supported suffrage
  • Settlement schools
  • Colleges & universities with special collections and papers belonging to suffragists
  • Historical societies, museums that house special collections or suffrage artifacts/ memorabilia/ephemera
  • Building, street, or institution named for a suffragist
  • Farms or other businesses owned by suffragists
  • Federal, state, local municipal halls or buildings where suffragists spoke in favor of suffrage or other women's rights issues
  • Halls or buildings where suffragists lectured or held conventions/meetings
  • Buildings that house(d) newspaper publishing companies
  • The History of Woman Suffrage: The Internet Archive contains most (if not all) of the volumes in digital form
  • Private collectors
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