Women’s History Month

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.

 Meeting of the national council of the woman's party

A meeting of the national council of the woman’s party, including South Carolinian Anita Pollitzer, back row, second from left. Evening Star (Washington, D.C.), February 2, 1922.

Here on the SCDNP blog, we have covered a few topics related to women’s history in South Carolina:

What are some of your favorite events or people related to women’s history? Can you find anything about them in Chronicling America? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Andrews Book Club

“Andrews Book Club,” Andrews Old Town Hall Museum Collection, Georgetown County Digital Library.

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