Women’s Equality Day

Did you know that August 26th is a special day in our nation’s history? The passage of the 19th Amendment on this day in 1920 legally gave American women the right to vote, after a 72-year struggle. According to the National Women’s History Museum, it was “the first time in history that a group of people picketed the White House” for a cause.

Also on this day, but in 1970, the National Orgazanization of Women (NOW) held a Women’s Strike for Equality, with women from all over the country and across the political spectrum protesting and calling for equal opportunities in employment and education and more available childcare.

The Brown Library has many books and resources about the Suffrage movement and women’s quest for equality, including:

  • Hannam, June. The International Encyclopedia of Women’s Suffrage. Reference collection, call number JF851.H28 2000
  • Stanton, Elizabeth Cady. History of Woman Suffrage. Circulating collection, call number JK1896.S8 1969
  • A Voice of Their Own: The Woman Suffrage Press, 1840-1910. Circulating collection, call number PN4888.W65 V65 1991
  • Terborg-Penn, Rosalyn. African-American Women in the Struggle for the Vote, 1850-1920. Circulating collection, call number JK1896.T47 1998
  • Goldsmith, Barbara. Other Powers: The Age of Suffrage, Spiritualism, and the Scandalous Victoria Woodhull. Circulating collection, call number HQ1413.W66 G65 1998
  • Cooper, Mary H. Voting Rights [electronic resource]. Internet—Books—Online Access. CQresearcher.com

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