Lessons Learned from Women Suffragists

Did you think all the battles for women’s influence on government happened in the past? Did you think the tactics of the suffragists aren’t relevant today? If any such thoughts have crossed your mind, please continue to read.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Kimble Medley, Florida Women’s Vote Centennial chair, has dedicated herself to uncovering the history of suffragists in Florida and in particular in Flagler County. She challenges us not only to discover the history of suffragists in our own area, but to follow their example of rational argumentation, fearless advocacy, cultivation of intelligence, and tenacity. We have many tools for our advocacy that were not available to the suffragists, and yet they prevailed.

View Kimble’s complete presentation on Vimeo . Then use the following bibliography, keyed to the presentation, to learn more.

IntroductionHewitt, Nancy. “Varieties of Women’s Suffrage”. Florida Humanities Council. Vol. XVIII, No. 3, Winter 1995/1996. p. 22-27.https://floridahumanities.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Vol_18_No_3_Winter_1995-1996.pdf
FloridaTaylor, A. Elizabeth. “The Woman Suffrage Movement in Florida”. The Florida Historical Quarterly. Vol. 36,No. 1, July 1957, p. 42 – 60. 
 Weatherford, Doris. “A New Century, 1901-1920”. They Dared to Dream. University Press of Florida: Gainesville. 2015.https://d2r6h7ytneza1l.cloudfront.net/title/85361f25-2125-493b-864f-0511e5092f86/weatherfordexcerpt.pdf
 Shaw, Anna Howard. “The Fundamental Principle of a Republic”. Gifts of Speech. June 21, 1915. http://gos.sbc.edu/s/shaw.html
 Terborg-Penn, Rosalyn. African American Women in the Struggle for the Vote, 1850-1920. Indiana University Press. Bloomington: IN. 1998. p. 21-40. 
   
Silent Sentinels“Detailed Chronology National Woman’s Party History”. The Library of Congress | American Memory.https://www.loc.gov/static/collections/women-of-protest/images/detchron.pdf 25 October 2018.
 Taylor, A. Elizabeth. “The Woman Suffrage Movement in Florida”. The Florida Historical Quarterly. Vol. 36,No. 1, July 1957, p. 53-54. 
   
More Florida SuffragistsVance, Linda. “May Mann Jennings”. Forum: The Magazine of the Florida Humanities Council. Vol. XVIII, No. 3, Winter 1995/1996. p. 10-15.https://floridahumanities.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Vol_18_No_3_Winter_1995-1996.pdf
 Hewitt, Nancy. “Varieties of Women’s Suffrage”. Florida Humanities Council. Vol. XVIII, No. 3, Winter 1995/1996. p. 22-27.https://floridahumanities.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Vol_18_No_3_Winter_1995-1996.pdf
 “Blanche Armwood”. TampaPix.com. https://www.tampapix.com/armwood.htm 
 Wright, E. Lynne. “Mary McLeod Bethune 1875-1955: Daughter of Slaves, Advisor to Presidents”. More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Florida Women. Guilford, CT: The Global  Pequot Press, 2001, 31-42. 
   
Earlier Women’s AdvocatesE. Susan Barber. “One Hundred Years Toward Suffrage: An Overview”. National Park Service. https://www.nps.gov/wori/learn/historyculture/womens-suffrage-history-timeline.htm
 “The Women of the Boston Tea Party”. Metolius Artisan Tea. August 28, 2017.https://www.metoliustea.com/blog/2017/4/28/the-women-of-the-boston-tea-party
 “Detailed Chronology National Woman’s Party History”. The Library of Congress | American Memory. 25 October 2018.https://www.loc.gov/static/collections/women-of-protest/images/detchron.pdf
 Abbott, Alice Scott. “To the Dear Women of Flagler County:”. The Flagler Tribune. October 7, 1920. 
   
 “Interlachen”. The Palatka News and Advertiser. The Library of Congress – Chronicling America Historic American Newspapers. June 26, 1914, pg. 5, Image 5. 
/lccn/sn95047299/1914-06-26/ed-1/seqhttps://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov 

Author: Pat DeWitt

I am a retired institutional researcher, a musician and musicologist, and support AAUW as well as several environmental causes.

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