October 23, 2012

25,000 Women March for the Right to Vote

Exactly 97 years ago, 25,000 women marched in New York City demanding their right to vote. The mighty roar of their voices was heard and in 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment was passed, granting women the right to vote in the United States.

One of the key players in bringing about the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment was Texan Minnie Fisher Cunningham, who convinced a New Mexico senator to submit the bill in Congress, and even met with President Woodrow Wilson in the Oval Office.

The University of Houston Digital Library is proud to have a large collection of Mrs. Cunningham's papers, totaling at 200 individual items, including a correspondence with President Wilson.

To celebrate women's right to vote during this election, here are some of the best of Minnie Fisher Cunningham's documents, including the letter from the President. And don't forget: go vote!

Image of Minnie Fisher Cunningham in an article in the Houston Chronicle. The article talks about Mrs. Cunningham's effort's to secure the amendment to vote in Texas. Read more here.
Is there a difference between MEN and WOMEN voters? This article claims so! One line reads: "the NUMBER OF WOMEN WHO HAVE EVER ASKED to vote is LARGER than the NUMBER OF MEN WHO HAVE EVER ASKED for ANYTHING in the whole history of our country." Read more here.
A women's suffrage propaganda postcard countering the rhetoric that voting will make a woman masculine by taking on masculine roles. See full image here.
A letter of correspondence from President Woodrow Wilson, supporting women's right to vote. One line reads: "it is a privilege to express my earnest hope that the Legislature of Texas may see its way to adopt a statute which will give all women the right to vote in the primaries." Read more here.
A map showing which states in North America give women the right to vote. See the reverse side here.
Newspaper clipping of women in Dallas enrolling to vote in the primaries. Read the full article here.
Image of Woman's Liberty Loan Committee logo, a bronze liberty bell. View larger image here.
This article tells the story of a Judge who said to suffragist Nonie Mahoney, "Bring me 5,000 names of Texas women who want suffrage and I will support it." Read the full article to see if she met his demand.

These images and articles are fascinating to read about, but you can also use them for your classes! The images are available for use in papers, projects and reports, and the UH Digital Library even provides the citation for you. You can view more images and documents from the Minnie Fisher Cunningham Papers collection at the UH Digital Library.

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