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The 1916 Suffrage Special: An Expedition to Form the National Woman’s Party

In April 1916, the officers of the Congressional Union, representing 36 un-enfranchised states, held a conference to discuss and debate a new strategy for securing the federal suffrage amendment by the end of that year. The officers and others in … Continue reading

The Lives of Suffragists: National Woman’s Party Early Years

Between 1913 and 1916, as the Congressional Committee (led by Alice Paul) founded first the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage and then the National Woman’s Party, women around the country were taking on intense, life-changing commitments under these organizational banners—all … Continue reading

Equal Nationality for Women: The Fine-Tuning of the Cable Act

Last September 22, we marked the passage of the Cable Act, which was signed into law on that day in 1922. The Cable Act significantly improved gender equality in nationality law by providing that American women would no longer lose … Continue reading

Alva and her Scrapbooks

Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, one of the early leaders of the Congressional Union and National Woman’s Party, will probably always be known as a force to be reckoned with. A fiery philanthropist and women’s rights activist, Alva initially worked with the … Continue reading

January 1916: The Lay of the Land for the Congressional Union

The beginning of 1916 presented opportunities for the Congressional Union. Following a final failed attempt to merge with the National American Woman Suffrage Association in December 1915, the Congressional Union led by Alice Paul, fully dedicated itself to the federal … Continue reading

Forgotten Women: A Follow-Up to Our #TextileTuesday Posts Of Memorial Banners

In December, we focused our #TextileTuesday Twitter posts on the banners carried in 1933 at a memorial service for the late Alva Belmont, president and benefactor of the National Woman’s Party (NWP). As mentioned in an earlier blog, the banners … Continue reading

Happy 100th Anniversary National Woman’s Party!

2016 will be an exciting year for the National Woman’s Party (NWP). The NWP was founded in June of 1916, so this year, we will celebrate the centennial of this great organization. We invite you to join us in the … Continue reading

Following the 1915 Suffrage Envoys: Historical Journeys Past & Present, Physical & Digital

By Jessica Konigsberg What did it mean for three women to spend the fall of 1915 arduously driving from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. to deliver to Congress and the White House a suffrage petition and a resolution to work … Continue reading

Honoring Inez: Remembering America’s Suffrage Martyr, Part 2

By Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr., author of “Winning the Vote” and editor of “Remembering Inez” (American Graphic Press.com). Few people know that America has its own suffrage martyr who deserves to be remembered as the centennial of her death … Continue reading

Honoring Inez: Remembering America’s Suffrage Martyr, Part 1

By Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr., author of “Winning the Vote” and editor of “Remembering Inez” (American Graphic Press.com). Thirty-year-old Inez Milholland Boissevain died because she loved democracy. She gave her life nearly 100 years ago trying to win the … Continue reading

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