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Race and the Suffrage Movement - A Reading List

In her Viewpoint: Celebrating the triumph, acknowledging the failure of 19th Amendment (South Bend Tribune, August 11, 2019), Judy Bradford acknowledged racism within the suffrage movement. If you would like to read more about this subject, as well as learn more about the contributions of women of color to the fight for suffrage, here are some articles to help you get started.


How the Suffrage Movement Betrayed Black Women

LWV's response to Brent Staples article - Hard Truth about the League's origin

When the Suffrage Movement Sold Out to White Supremacy

Reader letters in response to Staples February 2019 piece

Celebrate Women's Suffrage but Don't Whitewash the Movement's Racism

These are the Women of Color Who Fought Both Sexism and Racism

Women of color were left out of the suffragist story. Historians say it's time for a reckoning.

How to Celebrate a Complicated Win for Women

Forgotten Suffragists  

Women's Suffrage Left Out Black Women - Despite What You May Have Learned in School

What activists today can learn from the women's suffrage movement  

Race and Women's Suffrage, Iron-Jawed Angels and Beyond

Who got the right to vote when?

The Crooked Path to Women's Suffrage - NY Times 6-4-2019

How Racism Killed Women's Right to Vote - Washington Post June 4, 2019

What Took So Long for Women to Win the Right to Vote; Racism is One Reason - Washington Post, June 2, 2019

African American Women and the 19th Amendment - National Park Service articles

The Undesirable Militants Behind the 19th Amendment  

Women of Color Who Fought Both Sexism and Racism

How Women Got the Vote, A Quiz