New Hampshire Tidbits: March 2020 is Women’s History Month

Each year the National Women’s History Alliance selects a theme to encourage authors of all levels and abilities to write about women and to be inclusive of them in our collective history. Their 2020 Women’s History Month theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote,”that honors “the brave women who fought to win suffrage rights for women, and for the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others.”

I am feeling very much in step, as in 2019 many of my stories focused on New Hampshire women AND men who worked on behalf of suffrage in New Hampshire and nation-wide.

Collage of New Hampshire’s more famous suffragists. Armenia White is shown in the center. Copyright by J.W. Brown.

100 Years – In 1919 the 19th Amendment had been passed by the U.S. Congress, following by New Hampshire voting in favor of it. On 18 August 1920 the amendment was finally ratified (36 resolutions were passed by State Legislatures). It was then presented to the President of the United States for his assent. In New Hampshire 1920 was the first year that women were able to both vote and run for office. In the 1920 New Hampshire elections two women were elected to the New Hampshire legislature [i.e. Jessie Doe and Dr. Mary L. (Rolfe) Farnum].

New Hampshire’s Centennial Celebration of the 19th Amendment – This story provides you with the history of suffrage in New Hampshire, and biographies of more than twenty of the most influential New Hampshire suffragists.

Was your New Hampshire Ancestor A Suffragist? – This story provides you with an additional list of known suffrage proponents, female and male, connected with the State of New Hampshire.

— Recent Stories (not included above) —

New Hampshire Tidbits: A Valentine Party, A Poem, and Family History (read the poem please about women in history!)

New Hampshire Civic Leader, Woman’s Club Promoter, Suffragist: Nellie Fostina (Tupper) Woodward of Nashua

*****ADDITIONAL READING*****

League of Women Voters of New Hampshire (current)

August 1926 Granite State Monthly: “Woman Suffrage in New Hampshire” by Hobart Pillsbury

Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement

List of Suffrage Prisoners, from book, Jailed for Freedom, by Doris Stevens. (pdf)

History: The Mother Who Saved Suffrage

 

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