National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites

Let's put women's history sites on the map!

 

National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites

Let's put women's history sites on the map!

 

National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites

Let's put women's history sites on the map!

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The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites advocates for historic sites that center the preservation and interpretation of the important role of women and gender non-conforming individuals as core to the American story.

 

 

Women’s Suffrage, Historic Markers, and Race:

A Statement from the Board of the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites and the Advisory Committee of the National Votes for Women Trail

In this moment of historical reckoning about race, we, members of the Board of the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites and the Advisory Committee of the National Votes for Women Trail, mourn the loss of Black lives—not only the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Elijah McClain, but the historic loss of thousands of others who have died throughout U.S. history, martyrs to a system of white supremacy. We live now with the echoes of these tragedies and with the systemic racism that still pervades our world.

In this context, we continue our work to commemorate those who supported voting rights for women. The Nineteenth Amendment expanded voting rights to more than twenty-five million women, more people than any other event in U.S. history.

As we remember all those who struggled for the right to vote, we also recognize that racism pervaded much of the European American suffrage movement. Before and after 1920, many methods (including legal restrictions, intimidation, and murder) were used to exclude both women and men—especially African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos/x, and Asian Americans—from voting. In 2020, one hundred years after passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, one hundred and fifty years after the Fifteenth Amendment, and despite interim victories such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965, (and its extensions to end discrimination against language minorities in 1975 and people with disabilities in 1982), we continue to face challenges to the right of all adult citizens to vote.  

We recognize that we all share in patterns of systemic racism. Our intent is not to ignore this racism but to open it up for public debate. To leave woman suffragists out of the story because they inherited, benefitted from, and often promoted an entrenched system of white supremacy would be to ignore the complex and pervasive intertwining of gender, race, and class–past and present.  

We work to understand our past so that we can help to create a world of justice and respect for all people in the present and future. 

View our National Votes For Women Trail database! If you would like to add to our growing list of sites, please complete this form.  If you need assistance completing the form, see our tutorial.

News

Maryland Women’s Heritage Center presents Dr. Ida Jones, Author of “Baltimore Civil Rights Leader Victorine Q. Adams: The Power of the Vote”

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Victorine Q. Adams: Baltimore Civil Rights Leader February 7, 2023 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. EST Featuring Author Dr. Ida E. Jones Dr. Ida E. Jones, a MWHC board member, reveals…

Trail Highlights

Anna H. Jones honored with Trail marker in Kansas City, MO

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A NVWT marker honoring Anna H. Jones was dedicated on October 9, 2022, in Kansas City, Missouri. A worship service was held at the church during which NVWT State Coordinator…

Partner Profile

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation

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The Pomeroy Foundation, which is a private, grant-making foundation based in Syracuse, N.Y., is providing grants through its National Women’s Suffrage Marker Grant Program in order to support recognizing historically…

Suffrage Profile

Paulsdale

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Paulsdale, a National Historic Landmark in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey since 1992, was the birthplace and family home of women’s rights activist Alice Stokes Paul (1885-1977). Built c. 1800, the…

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National Collaborative for Women's History Sites

The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) supports and promotes the preservation and interpretation of sites and locales that bear witness to women's participation in American life. The Collaborative makes women's contributions to history visible so that all women's experiences and potential are fully valued. Be a part of our mission -- Join the NCWHS today!
National Collaborative for Women's History Sites
National Collaborative for Women's History Sites
The Hill City is also the largest city in Virginia with a female mayor. More than a century ago, Lynchburg was a center of the suffragist movement.
National Collaborative for Women's History Sites
National Collaborative for Women's History Sites
WARREN — When the public tours the historic Harriet Taylor Upton House in Warren, it will notice two historic plaques, one in honor ...
National Collaborative for Women's History Sites
National Collaborative for Women's History Sites
UD Professor Emerita Anne Boylan discusses votes for Delaware women at UDARF luncheon
National Collaborative for Women's History Sites
National Collaborative for Women's History Sites
The monument will commemorate the estimated 18 million women who took over jobs traditionally held by men and worked as pilots, engineers, electricians, farmers, taxi drivers, letter carriers and code breakers.
National Collaborative for Women's History Sites
National Collaborative for Women's History Sites
Rep. Marcy Kaptur is poised to make history as she’s sworn in on Tuesday, becoming the longest-serving woman in congressional history. The Ohio Democrat won her 21st term in office in November…
National Collaborative for Women's History Sites
National Collaborative for Women's History Sites
In an every-other-year ritual that began in 1999, the Mississippi Heritage Trust reveals the state’s 10 most endangered historic buildings to raise public awareness and rally support so the sites