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Register for Incomplete Victory: Why 2020 Wasn’t Really the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage

Date & Time:
June 2, 2021
12:00pm – 1:00pm

Incomplete Victory: Why 2020 Wasn’t Really the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage
Join us for a workshop with Dr. Laura Prieto, professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies at Simmons University in Boston, as we look beyond the surface of the 19th amendment that granted women the right to vote.

Although white women were enfranchised in 1920, voting rights were not as easily recognized for women of color. Laura will discuss the issue through the individual stories of women and their continuing fight to vote in the decades since 1920



Founded in 2010, Suffrage100MA was originally formed to commemorate the 90th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote. So the organization has had a lot of time to plan for this month’s big event: the 100th anniversary of woman’s suffrage in America.

Suffrage100MA is committed to telling the story of the remarkable achievements of the suffragists, including the tireless work and essential contributions of women of color, who were often intentionally excluded by white women’s suffrage organizations, and whose role in the suffrage movement has been largely overlooked.

The website is an amazing resource that offers a monthly newsletter, delivered directly to your inbox. There is a woman’s suffrage centennial toolkit and featured suffragists that you can explore.

There’s a special section on Black suffragists of Massachusetts featuring Cambridge’s Maria L. Baldwin, along side with Sojourner Truth, and Josephine St Pierre Ruffin.

Lastly, mark your calendars for a virtual commemoration on August 24th with speakers Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley. More information to follow.

Part II: Cantabrigians React to Declaration of Rights of Women, 1848

Women’s Suffrage Parade, Chicago, 12 May 1914, courtesy of the Library of Congress, American Memory.

In response to this humorous article that we posted a few weeks back, we received a wonderful explanation from our friends at the Cambridge Women’s Heritage Project for what might have been going on:

“These are definitely made up letters representing different stereotyped husbands, wives, and ‘spinsters’, rather in the spirit of Punch Magazine of the same period. In fact the mention of Caudle and Mrs Caudle is a reference to a humorous series of diatribes given by ‘Mrs Caudle’ in Punch magazine as part of Mrs Caudle’s Curtain lectures...the complaints of the wife just before her husband falls asleep. Alas, none of the letters are real and all are…’outrageous’. The real reaction of women in this area at the time are shown very differently in the letters of Caroline Dall  in the Mass Historical Society  (and of course by Margaret Fuller herself).”

**A special thanks to Joy Harvey of the Cambridge Women’s Heritage Project and Sarah Burks at the Cambridge Historical Commission for pointing out this article.**