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 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 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

Women for Congress: The NWP’s Campaign to Elect Women to Represent Women’s Concerns

In August 1920, the National Woman’s Party (NWP) celebrated the passage of the 19th amendment, which enfranchised women throughout the United States. This great victory opened a way forward for the NWP and more specifically, Alice Paul’s overall goal to … Continue reading

The Dignity of Continuity: The Ancestry of the the Purple, White and Gold

By: Hope Elizabeth May, Ph.D., J.D., Department of Philosophy & Religion, Central Michigan University “Shall we respect the dignity of continuity? Shall we be willing in this development of organized effort to recognize our ancestry?” – May Wright Sewall, 1893 … Continue reading

The National Woman’s Party And the Meaning Behind Their Purple, White, and Gold Textiles

By: Allison LaCroix When I began my internship with the Sewall-Belmont House a few months ago, my primary responsibility was to work with collections staff to conduct an inventory of all of the textiles in the National Woman’s Party (NWP) … Continue reading

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