March is Women’s History Month, and what better way to celebrate it than to use the historical newspapers of Chronicling America to look back at integral characters and moments in women’s history? Covering 1836 to 1922, Chronicling America’s newspapers document a pivotal time in women’s history, including the decades-long fight for women’s suffrage culminating with the passing of the 19th amendment in 1920. Additionally, the newspapers are great resources to learn more about progressive and dynamic females in our nation’s history such as Sissieretta Jones, African-American opera singer, and Emma Goldman, political activist and speaker, to name only a couple.
Check out the blog of our fellow NDNP partner, Vermont, where they pulled together several topics covered in the newspapers related to women’s history. Another great resource is the article, “From the Local to the Global: America’s Newspapers Chronicle the Struggle for Women’s Rights,” by the Division of Preservation and Access at the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Here on the SCDNP blog, we have covered a few topics related to women’s history in South Carolina:
- Matilda Evans, first African-American female physician in South Carolina
- Anita Pollitzer, suffragist and Charleston native
- Schofield Normal and Industrial School, a school opened in Aiken for the education of recently emancipated slaves by Martha Schofield of Pennsylvania
- Madame Sosnowski, noteworthy citizen of Columbia
- Women’s Social Clubs