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 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.

The City will host three major events as part of this series. While each event will have a different focus, all events will recognize the contributions of underrepresented women and the continuing struggle for equality and enfranchisement. Join us for this exciting celebration!

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Claiming Our Seats: A Kitchen Table Dialogue on Women's Voting Rights

Join us as we discuss the upcoming 100th anniversary of the 10th Amendment when women won the right to vote. At this roundtable, panelists will engage us in a reflective dialogue about women's voting rights across the 20th and 21st centuries.


Sepetember 25th
6:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

Main Library

Lecture Hall
449 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139


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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 location 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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Other Events

Nov 7 | 6:30P.M.

"The Pleasures of Age": Old Women and Political Power in the U.S. Woman Suffrage Movement

Cambridge Public Library
Lecture Hall
449 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138
In this talk, Professor Corinne will explain why woman suffragists in the nineteenth century demanded respect and security for older women as an essential dimension of political empowerment and why these hopes remain largely unrealized over a century later.
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