In Her Own Right

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and essays revealing stories of women's activism leading up to the right to vote.

Long before the women's suffrage movement brought about the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, women were making themselves heard in a variety of ways that broadly transformed the American experience, including working for moral reform, abolition, and increased opportunities for education and employment. The Philadelphia region was among the most important centers for these movements.


Crossing the divides?

How well did women of different classes and races work together to expand possibilities for women?
Exhibit: 19th Century Activism: Work and Friendship Across Racial Lines

Doing good or making rules?

In what ways did women working in education, poor relief, and health care try to coerce or control the behavior of others?
Essay: The Complexity of Activism


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