"Votes for Women" postcard, from the collections of the Library of Congress.

The 19th Amendment profoundly changed the United States. The suffrage movement of the 19th and 20th century paved the way for eventual passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. While notable suffragists, such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, often get a lot of attention, every corner of the United States has its own story. The fight for suffrage was organized in every state and terrritory in our nation nearly a century before passage of the 19th Amendment. As our nation celebrates the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendement, this exhibit explores the suffrage movement closer to home, here in the Chippewa Valley. 

This site explores this important story by going in-depth to examine local people and moments connected to this era in our history. You can navigate through the pages along the top menu, and find additional content and stories through the links found on each page. We also invite you to learn more about this moment in our history through the Additional Resources page.

This project was made possible through support provided by UW-Eau Claire's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and McIntyre Library. The exhibit is curated by:

  • Emma Mabie, Student Curator
  • Anna Wendorff, Student Curator
  • Liliana LaValle, Assistant Professor, McInytre Library
  • Greg Kocken, Associate Professor, McIntyre Library

Special thanks to the Chippewa Valley Museum, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, and the Wisconsin Historical Society whose images and other information were vital in helping us to tell this story.