Women’s Suffrage, 90+ years old

From NPR:

On Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, effectively granting the vote to women. Here are some photos spotted on Flickr Commons — from the decade leading to that day. There are a few fine-art photographers today who use large-format glass plate negatives to emulate the look and feel of photos from this era. It’s a laborious process, but yields beautiful images like these.

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  • EricW

    Here is a must-watch movie: http://iron-jawed-angels.com/

    IRON JAWED ANGELS starring Hilary Swank, Frances O’Connor, and Anjelica Huston, among others.

    Buy it for your DVD collection.

  • EricW

    Harry T. Burn’s (Tennessee legislator) letter from his mother that led to the ratification of the 19th Amendment:

    http://www.teachamericanhistory.org/File/Harry_T._Burn.pdf

    (Read the actual letter; the essay’s synopsis is not an accurate transcription.)

    (IIRC, in the movie IRON JAWED ANGELS it’s portrayed as being a last-minute telegram rather than a letter he’d received and was carrying with him.)

  • rjs

    Nice article Eric. Thanks for the link.

  • Barb

    I loved reading the hand written letter. It looked and sounded very much like my own Grandmother’s writing.

  • Eric thanks for the link!

  • cballard

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, women were given the vote in 1894 the first colony to do so. We were a colony of free settlers, not convicts, whether that made a difference I don’t know. The early settlers were certainly a mix of freethinkers which may have helped in this regard.

  • EricW

    6. cballard:

    You didn’t burst any bubbles. America was notoriously slow in giving women an equal standing, whether measured by other countries or not, and many so-called “complementarians” want to keep women in the church and in the home in second-class status under the guise of “separate but equal,” which we know is anything but.