Prior to ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S Constitution, opposition was intense and suffragists spent around a century organizing, strategizing and attempting to build coalitions so that women could have the right to vote. Throughout the decades, non-white women were often discriminated against and blocked from voting by various measures. Because non-white women were often left out of the broader conversation around women’s suffrage rights, we want to make sure their stories are known to all Iowans. The goal of this project is to tell the story of the suffragist women in Iowa whose histories have been unwritten, overlooked or written out of mainstream history. With the help of partners, we will create a database of this history, which will include a traveling exhibit focusing on African American suffragists in Iowa.
Lead Organizer(s): Kristen Corey, Program Planner, Office on the Status of Women – Iowa Department of Human Rights, Dr. Karen M. Kedrowski, Director – Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, Iowa State University, and Eric Morse -- Central Iowa Community Museum