Thursday, August 25, 2005

Women of Protest

In 1920, the 19th Amendment giving U.S. women the right to vote was passed and enacted into law. For the 85th anniversary of this history event, the Library of Congress has released a digital collection entitled "Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party." The photographs show women of all ages and backgrounds that protested in order to gain the right to vote. Included in the collection are photographs of women being arrested and women in jail. There are even protest posters from women who did not want the right to vote! ("The Home Loving Women Do Not Want the Ballot.") Essays are also included that talk about the National Woman's Party.

We tend to forget how much has changed in less than 100 years here in the U.S. These pictures are good reminders. It is a nice collection to wander through and get lost in...

1 comment:

Mitch said...

Though I probably should have thought about it, I never knew there were women who protested against having the vote; how interesting. Then again, there were slaves who actually loved being slaves also, so there you go.