Educational Materials

Below are some resources you may find useful as you develop your project. Please feel free to contact us if you have recommendations for additional materials.

Women’s Suffrage Timeline

Click to see a digital timeline provided by the Rhode Island Department of State, including important dates, historical photographs, and documents. Learn More…

Digital Catalog

Click to see a digital catalog from the Rhode Island State Archives. Learn More…

Be A Voter

Voter Information Center

The Voter Information Center has a wealth of information about voting in Rhode Island. Students can see: sample ballots in advance of an election; infographics that explain the mechanics of elections in Rhode Island; voter turnout statistics from 1970 to the present; and much, much more! Learn More…

Unladylike2020: Unsung Women who Changed America

An innovative multimedia series featuring extraordinary, unsung women from the turn of the 20th century, and the women who now follow in their footsteps. Launching in March 2020 on PBS’ flagship series American Masters, this project was supported by grants from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and councils across the country as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn More

National Park Service: Rhode Island and the 19th Amendment

On January 6, 1920 Rhode Island was one of the original 36 states to ratify the 19th Amendment. Learn More…

“The Forgotten Suffragists”

In this digital feature from Humanities: The Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities author Kimberly A. Hamlin investigates “how the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment is being remembered and how, for decades, it was not.” Learn More…

“100 Years Ago This Week, House Passes Bill Advancing 19th Amendment” – NPR, Morning Edition

May 22, 2019 – Listen to this piece from National Public Radio’s Steve Inskeep as he talks to the late commentator Cokie Roberts, who answers listen questions about the 19th Amendment. Learn More…

“How the Suffrage Movement Betrayed Black Women”
– The New York Times

July 28, 2018 – “It became clear after the Civil War that black and white women had different views of why the right to vote was essential. White women were seeking the vote as a symbol of parity with their husbands and brothers. Black women, most of whom lived in the South, were seeking the ballot for themselves and their men, as a means of empowering black communities besieged by the reign of racial terror that erupted after Emancipation.” Learn more from this New York Times opinion piece by Brent Staples, a member of the Times’ editorial board.

“Celebrate Women’s Suffrage, but Don’t Whitewash the Movement’s Racism”

August 24, 2018 – “What do we notice when we take an intersectional view of the events that transpired at Seneca Falls? How does our understanding of the history of all women’s political empowerment in the United States change?” Learn more from this piece for the ACLU blog by Tammy L. Brown, Associate Professor of Black World Studies, History, and Global and Intercultural Studies, Miami University.

“Rhode Island’s Two Unheralded Suffragists”

This paper by Russell J. DeSimone highlights the legacies of two of the Ocean State’s less known suffragists Maria Kindberg and Ingeborg Kinstedt. Learn More…

National Votes for Women Trail

Explore this crowd-sourced database and digital map from the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites. Learn More…

Where Women Made History

Explore this crowd-sourced database and digital archive from the National Trust for Historic Preservation of places where women made history. Learn More…

The Struggle for Woman Suffrage in Rhode Island

Check out “The Struggle for Woman Suffrage in Rhode Island,” which is a chapter in the free online textbook of RI history called EnCompass for middle and high school students. Learn More…

Gazette from The National Women’s History Alliance

The National Women’s History Alliance has assembled a list of the main suffrage centennial organizations and websites in each state, with contact names and email addresses, to encourage more participation.  They’ve also published a Gazette, “Women Win the Vote,” full of news, resources and information that puts all this exciting state activity in a larger context. Feel free to circulate the Gazette. Click here to access

Celebrating the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage with Susan Ware

The Pell Center & Salve Regina University brings us this talk from Story in the Public Square with Susan Ware, author of “Why They Marched: The Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote.” Learn more

Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative (WVCI) Website

Check out this website for nation-wide information! The mission of the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative (WVCI) is to serve as a central organizing and information-sharing entity for programs, projects, and activities that commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, educate the public on the legal and social advances resulting from the amendment, and stimulate dialogue to address the ongoing fight for women’s rights. Learn more