Woman Suffrage Resources

Further information regarding the woman suffrage movement and early feminists is plentiful. The collections of the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study are invaluable, as are two digital collections available to subscribing libraries: Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin, eds., “Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000”; and The Gerritsen Collection of Aletta H. Jacobs.

Additional resources include:

The Woman Suffrage Movement

Early Feminists

The Archive of Women’s Political Communication at the Carrrie Chapman Catt Center, Iowa State University, contains profiles of several suffragists and selected speeches.

  • Susan Brownell Anthony (1820-1906)

“Is It a Crime for a U.S. Citizen to Vote?” (1873)

  • Gertrude Buck (1871-1922)

“The Present Status of Rhetorical Theory” (1900)

  • Carrie Clinton Lane Chapman Catt (1859-1947)

“Woman Suffrage is Inevitable” (1917)

Carrie Chapman Catt Girlhood Home and Museum

  • Anna Julia Haywood Cooper (1858-1964)

“Women’s Cause is One and Universal” (1893)

  • Alice Ruth Moore Dunbar Nelson (1875-1935)


  • Margaret Fell (1614-1702)

“Women’s Speaking Justified, Proved, and Allowed of by the Scriptures”

Speech at the National Woman’s Rights Convention (1852)

  • Angelina E. Grimké-Weld

Speech at Pennsylvania Hall (1838)

  • Sarah Grimké (1792-1873)


  • Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1911)

“Woman’s Political Future” (1893)

    • Alice Paul (1885-1977)


  • Anna Howard Shaw (1847-1919)


  • Maria W. Miller Stewart (1803-1897)

“Why Sit Ye Here and Die?” (1832)

  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902)

“Address on Women’s Rights” (1848)

“Our Girls” (1880)

  • Lucy Stone (1818-1893)


Oberlin College Archive

  • Sojourner Truth (c. 1797-1883)


  • Mabel Vernon (1883-1975)

“The Picketing Campaign Nears Victory” (1917)

  • Fannie Barrier Williams (1855-1944)


  • Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-97)

A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792)

A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792)