August 24, 2019

Today in History: Picketing for Suffrage

The first picket line - College day in the picket line line
Today in History–August 28–the Library of Congress features the arrest of 10 suffragists for picketing the White House on this day in 1917. The protestors hoped to pressure President Woodrow Wilson to support the proposed “Anthony amendment” to the Constitution that would guarantee women the right to vote. He finally did that in January of 1918 and the long hard vote to suffrage was finally earned two years later on August 18, 1920 when the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified. Learn more about the final years of the woman suffrage struggle by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary source images of the suffrage picketers and other white house picketers as well as a treasure trove of woman suffrage primary source collections, link sets, and teaching resources.

Image set: woman suffragists picket the White House

Suffragists picket at the White House historical newspaper coverage Aug. 29-31, 1917

Image set: picketers at the White House

Learning from the Source: Tactics in the March to Suffrage lesson plan

Primary Source Learning: Women’s Road to the Vote teaching resources

Primary Source Spotlight: Woman Suffrage primary source collections

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