History: A Guide to United States Historical Research

Suffrage Movement

Primary Source sets of particular interest:

  • Writings of Black Suffragists

New Names to Search for in the Suffrage Movement

The history of women's suffrage in the United States often left out important Black, Indigenous, Latina and Asian women who contributed to the movement. 

Here are some names you might not know that will be useful to find new perspectives on the history of the suffrage movement in the United States.

Mary Church Terrell

Frances Ellen Watkins Haper

Sarah Parker Remond

Fannie Barrier Williams

Mary Ann Shadd Cary

Nannie Helen Burroughs and the National Women's Baptist Convention

Mabel Ping-Hua Lee

Dr. S. K. Chan

Marie Louise Bottineau Baldwin

Maria de Guadalupe Evangelina Lopez de Lowther

Emma Kaʻilikapuolono Metcalf Beckley Nakuina


You can also look at photos at the National Portrait Gallery Exhibit Votes for Women: Portraits of Persistence or the the Smithsonian exhibit Creating Icons: How We Remember Woman Suffrage, especially the section Who Was Left Out of the Story?