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Songs of the Suffragists

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Songs of the Suffragists: Lyrics of American Feminism from 1850 to 2020

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The music of the women’s suffrage movement reflects the culture of change that activists inspired, and that inspired activism. Songs sung by and about suffragists reveal their persuasive arguments for political equality, and helped link their cause to the other activist movements of their time. Notably, the lyrics of pre-Nineteenth Amendment songs foreshadow the feminist message of later suffragists, who sought to advance the cause of women’s equality in their own times.


This book was started by LWVBHNPS interns Julia Haas and Elizabeth Moshkevich in the spring of 2018 with the help of LWV members Pat Dolan and Susan Ferris Rights. During the spring of 2019 and up until this spring of 2020 LWV member Laura Casteblanco Engehardt and former intern Stephanie Lioudis with help from Bridget Bowen continued, researched, expanded and added to the book to greatly enhance the original publication to make a highly informative and entertaining publication.


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September 2019:

Stefanie Murray 

Reporting the News in 2019

The League of Women Voters was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt in 1920 during the convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. The convention was held just six months before the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote after a 72-year struggle.


From the beginning, the League has been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that citizens should play a critical role in advocacy. It was then, and is now, a nonpartisan organization. League founders believed that maintaining a nonpartisan stance would protect the fledgling organization from becoming mired in the party politics of the day. However, League members were encouraged to be political themselves, by educating citizens about, and lobbying for, government and social reform legislation.


This holds true today. The League is proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public. The League has a long, rich history, that continues with each passing year.