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100 Years: Celebrating Cambridge Women's Suffrage

August 2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Cambridge is commemorating this important milestone with both a public art project and an event series dedicated to the ongoing story of Women's Suffrage. Join the City as we discuss the historical movement leading to the 19th Amendment's passage, reflect on the Amendment's impact, and look to the future of our democracy.

Go to the 19th Amendment Public Art Project

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Cambridge History

Cambridge is a City steeped in history; and its residents were involved in the Women's Suffrage Movement from the outset. The Cambridge Woman's Suffrage League was formed in 1886, becoming the first of many area organizations dedicated to winning the vote and advancing women's equality and joining a number of state and nation organizations. Pro-suffrage rallies were held in locations all over the City in 1915 leading up to a statewide ballot referendum on the question of granting women the right to vote. In 1918, the City Council passed a resolution in favor of the Nineteenth Amendment's passage. A sampling of suffragists with ties to Cambridge include:

  • Margaret Fuller
  • Harriet A. Jacobs
  • Louisa M. Jacobs (Harriet Jacob's daughter)
  • Phebe Mitchel Kendall
  • Sarah Sprague Jacobs
  • Col. Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Margaret West Norton Campbell
  • Maria Louise Baldwin
  • Alice Stone Blackwell
  • Hannah M. Tood Carrent
  • Gertrude Wright Morgan
  • Maria Eliza Smith Duhart
  • Grace Allen Fitch Johnson
  • Maud Wood Park
  • Marion Booth Smith Kelley
  • Florence Hope Luscomb
  • Mary Ware Allen
  • Edna Lawrence Fitzgerald
  • Susan G. Walker Fitzgerald
  • Ruth Valeria Jones
  • Mary P.C. Billings
  • Alice Spencer Geddes Lloyd
  • Florence Lee Whitman
  • Francis Kellogg Curtis
  • Alice Longfellow
  • Sarah Bull

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If you are interested in learning more about the history of the Women's Suffrage Movement, check out these recent publications.

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