Women's Suffrage on the Blog

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment and a pivotal election year in the United States. In a monthly blog series for JWA, writers will meditate on the women's suffrage movement and voting rights today. Check back each month for new essays and interviews, and head to JWA's suffrage hub for more content.
Heather Booth and Fannie Lou Hamer, 1964

Freedom Summer: The Fight for Universal Suffrage Continues

Dr. Debra L. Schultz

Scholar Debra Schultz explores the history of Freedom Summer and the fight to enable all American citizens to vote.

Topics: Voting Rights
Florence Prag Kahn

Jewish Women and the Afterlife of the Suffrage Movement

Melissa R. Klapper

What did Jewish suffragists do after the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment?

Forverts Columns and Headlines from 1917 about Suffrage

"Froyen Interesen": How Yiddish Newspapers Addressed Suffrage Before and After Women Won the Right to Vote

Sarah Quiat

JWA's Program Manager, Sarah Quiat, does a deep-dive into Yiddish newspapers from the 1910s to see what people had to say about women's suffrage.

Margaret Sanger and Fania Mindell on courthouse steps, 1917

Suffrage and the Fight for Reproductive Justice

Nina Henry

Many Jewish suffragists (and anti-suffragists) also belonged to the nascent birth control movement.

Emma Goldman in Union Square, 1912

Voting Isn't Enough: A Look Back at Emma Goldman's Radical Anti-suffrage

Justine Orlovsky-Schnitzler

Is voting the be-all and end-all of civic engagement? Emma Goldman didn't think so.

Emma Cohn and Friends Voting

Voting Is Jewish: Reflections from a First-Time Voter

Emma Cohn

In the second essay in JWA's 2020 Suffrage Series, a Rising Voices Fellowship alumna reflects on voting for the first time this year.

Elaine Weiss and book cover

An Interview with Elaine Weiss, Author of "The Woman’s Hour"

Betsy More

Exclusively for JWA, Elaine Weiss discusses her new book, The Woman's Hour, and the fight for women's suffrage in the United States.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Women's Suffrage on the Blog." (Viewed on October 29, 2020) <https://jwa.org/blog/suffrage>.