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Let's Talk About It: Women's Suffrage: May: Women Making History

In January 2021, the Woodward Library was awarded a grant from the American Library Association and support by the National Endowment for the Humanities. This guide provides an overview of grant materials and upcoming programming.

May 2022 Program

Women Making History: The 19th Amendment Book

Facilitators: Dr. Jessica Blake and Dr. Jill Eichhorn

When: Thursday, May 19, 5:00 p.m.

Where: Office of Equity, Access and Inclusion (416 College St.)

About the Book

Women Making History: The 19th Amendment: Eastern National (Association),  Lex Cavanagh, General Manager, Stepanie Danko, Graphic Designer:  9781681842677: Books - Amazon Women Making History: The 19th Amendment by Eastern National   (Association) Staff

 Call Number: JK1896.W474 2020

 ISBN: 9781681842677

 Publication Date: 2020-01-01

 "The National Park Service is excited to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the   passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that abolished sex as a basis for voting and to tell the diverse history of women's suffrage-the right to vote-more broadly. The U.S. Congress passed the 19th Amendment on June 4, 1919. The states ratified the amendment on August 18, 1920, officially recognizing women's right to vote. This handbook demonstrates the expansiveness of the stories the NPS is telling to preserve and protect women's history for this and future generations. The essays included within tell a broad history of various women advocating for their rights. Sprinkled throughout are short biographies of notable ladies who devoted their time to the women's suffrage movement along with summaries of events important to the cause"--

Program Facilitators

Jessica BlakeDr. Jessica Blake

Jessica Blake is a historian of slavery and gender in early North America. In 2019, she received her Ph.D. in history at University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on the contributions of Black tradeswomen in popularizing forms of West African material culture in the lower Mississippi Valley. Her work has appeared in Early American Studies.


Dr. Jill EichhornJill Eichhorn

Jill Eichhorn is an associate professor of English and the coordinator of the women's and gender studies program at Austin Peay State University. She holds a Ph.D. from Miami University. Dr. Eichhorn is serving as the Project Scholar for the LTAI Program.

Discussion Questions

Use the questions below to guide your reading and prepare for the session. (All discussion questions provided by the ALA.)

  1. In what ways does the suffrage movement expose the successes and limitations of the nation's founding documents (such as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution)?

  2. How did the women's voting rights movement develop in and near Oklahoma? How was it different from the movement in other areas? Have you heard of this history or any of the historical figures before?

  3. Which essay is the most interesting to you? Why?

  4. The writings reveal that the Nineteenth Amendment did not guarantee women the vote. They also uncover the stories of women's voting rights activism long after 1920. Does this information change how you think of the amendment's importance? How should we commemorate this legislation today?

  5. These essays feature numerous photographs, posters, cartoons, and other suffrage images. Which ones did you find the most interesting?

  6. If you could add a few lines to a high school history textbook based on what you learned, what would they be?

  7. Have you ever visited a site focused on women's history? Which sites and monuments have you been to, and which ones do you hope to visit?