Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States

On April 1 we published online the first installment of the Online Biographical Dictionary. The URL for the freely-accessible site is: https://documents.alexanderstreet.com/VOTESforWOMEN.

As of July 1 the latest version of this database includes 1,360 biographical sketches of three groups of suffragists: Black suffragists, NWP activists, NAWSA activists. We will be adding roughly 500 new sketches every six months through the middle of 2021 when the resource should be complete. Let us know what you think.

The online journal and database, Women and Social Movements in the United States, has launched a crowdsourcing project to construct the Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States.  Our goal is to complete the project in time for the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in August 2020. We are seeking volunteers to research and write roughly 500-word biographical sketches that will be published online on a freely-accessible website.  Volunteers will get author credit for their work and the satisfaction of contributing to this effort to bring to the broader public greater awareness of the contributions of the woman suffrage movement to voting rights and citizenship rights in the United States.

The Online Biographical Dictionary will offer life stories of about 3,500 grassroots suffrage activists.  Currently the project is tracing the lives of about 300 Black women suffragists, 400 National Woman’s Party activists, and 2800 women affiliated with the mainstream National American Woman Suffrage Association.  We need volunteers interested in writing 1-2 biographical sketches, or copyediting and fact checking completed sketches, or researching the birth, marriage and death records of suffragists.  We also are open to recommendations of names of suffragists to add to our database.

At this point in the project (February 1, 2019) we have completed sketches for about 1,800 suffragists and have assigned another 800 suffragists to volunteers who are currently writing their sketches.  That still means we need volunteers for the remaining 900 activists. And there are, no doubt, many significant suffragists we might add to the project.  If you are interested in volunteering, or just learning more about the project, please contact Professor Thomas Dublin at tdublin@binghamton.edu.  We have state coordinators who can share names with you and provide guidelines for your work. At a time when voting rights are under attack in many states, this is your chance to learn about the movement for voting rights a hundred years ago and to contribute to a growing public awareness of that struggle.

Links to related resources for this project:

Black Women Suffragists

Militant Woman Suffragists, 1913-1920

NAWSA Suffragists, 1900-1920