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

Lippitt House Museum’s Rhode Island Suffrage Timeline

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the federal constitution, which granted women the right to vote, students from Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, in collaboration with the Lippitt House Museum, constructed this timeline. It brings to life the Rhode Island suffrage story from the 1663 King Charles Charter to Governor Lincoln Chafee’s 2011 voter ID law, a 350-year timespan longer than the history of the United States. 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

‘Finish the Fight’: A Special Digital Theater Performance Celebrates 100 Years of Women’s Right to Vote

The New York Times has commissioned “Finish the Fight,” a new production in which the acclaimed playwright Ming Peiffer (“Usual Girls”), the 2020 Obie-winning director Whitney White (“Our Dear Dead Drug Lord,” “What to Send Up When It Goes Down”) and a cast of celebrated actresses bring to theatrical life the biographies of lesser-known activists who helped to win voting rights for women.  Learn more

Five African American Suffragists You Should Know

When the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified in August 1920, African American women were denied equal access to the ballot and had to fight for the right to vote until the 1960s. Here are the stories of five African American suffragists you should know. Learn more

National Youth Summit – Woman Suffrage: The Ballot and Beyond

The National Museum of American History’s 2019 National Youth Summit looked at woman suffrage as an example of how groups with limited political power have shaped and continue to shape our democracy. Learn more

The Suffragist

These videos from the National Museum of American History examine the actions taken by suffragists in 1917 as they fought to win the right to vote. Students learn through the experience of Rebecca, a historical character who is deciding whether to join the movement. Learn more

Girlhood (It’s complicated)

Get a behind-the-scenes preview of the upcoming exhibition, Girlhood (It’s complicated), with Jean Case, co-chair of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative Advisory Committee, Dr. Kathleen Franz, curator and chair of the National Museum of American History’s Division of Work History, and Megan Smith, senior creative developer in the museum’s Education and Impact team. The exhibition will open at the National Museum of American History this fall, and SITES will travel the exhibition beginning in 2023.  Learn more

Women’s Liberation Playlist

This playlist of songs of activism and protest was compiled by Meredith Holmgren, Curator of American Women’s Music at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Learn more

Because of Her Story: Activism

Progress on every major social issue of our time has its roots in the activism and advocacy of everyday people in the past. Read stories about women activists, explore objects from the Smithsonian’s collections, and dive into other related resources Learn more

Votes For Women: A Portrait Of Persistence

The story of woman suffrage is a story of voting rights, of inclusion in and exclusion from the franchise, and of our civic development as a nation. Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence is a free, dynamic poster exhibition from SITES based on the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition of the same name. For more resources, visit the exhibition website.

The Fight for Voting Rights

Explore how African Americans have been at the forefront of the fight for voting rights for all Americans from Reconstruction to today with this resources from the National Museum of African American History & Culture. Read more.