Biographical Database of Militant Woman Suffragists, 1913-1920
A Crowdsourcing Experiment

To celebrate the centennial of the White House picketing for woman suffrage that began in January of 1917, the editors of Women and Social Movements in the United States invite women's history faculty and students to join a crowdsourcing experiment. Historian Jill Zahniser compiled extensive information about women suffrage activists, which we published as a database in the March 2015 issue of WASM. Women from 35 states and the District of Columbia are represented in the database. Jill Zahniser has launched this project by constructing the database and writing biographical sketches of six women activists. Another 28 already have biographical sketches in Notable American Women. We seek to assemble biographical sketches of the remaining 190 militant suffragists for whom there are no authoritative biographical sketches. Will 20 faculty in U.S. women's history volunteer to mentor students in their classes between now and June 2017 in the methods of researching and writing these remaining biographical sketches of militant woman suffragists?

This collaborative project offers a rare opportunity to engage women's history students in the research, interpretation, and writing of women's history for a broad public. Students will receive authorship credit for their work and can view the online publication of their work as a contribution to the approaching centennial celebration of the passage of Woman Suffrage in the United States.

In the summer of 2017, Jill Zahniser will edit these new suffragist sketches and they will be published in the fall 2017 issue of Women and Social Movements in the United States. We will also add to the NWP Suffragists Database new information discovered about any of these activists.

If your campus does not subscribe to Women and Social Movements in the United States we will provide you and your students access to the excel spreadsheet which contains this database and related files from this project. We will also supply you with names of activists for your students to research.  To join this project, please contact WASM co-editor, Tom Dublin at, who will be coordinating the crowdsourcing activity.

Progress Reports

Below we offer hypertext links to documents that will be useful to volunteers.

Resources for volunteers writing biographical sketches