Woman Suffrage: Picketing at U.S. Capitol, 1918. Harris & Ewing Photograph. Library of Congress. https://www.loc.gov/item/2016866204/

Places of Protest: The Struggle for Women’s Suffrage in the Nation’s Capital

March 9, 2020
On March 20, 2020, Elizabeth A. Novara, American Women’s History Specialist in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress, presented a lecture on the struggle for women's suffrage that took place in Washington, DC, during the early 20th Century.

Leading up to the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, suffrage protests and organizing that took place in Washington, DC, had an impact across the country. In her lecture, Novara focused on some of these seminal events, including the famed Women's History procession on Pennsylvania Avenue in 1913.  She also described local sites associated with the movement, including locations of the National Woman’s Party’s national headquarters on Capitol Hill and elsewhere, and places where suffragists organized, picketed, and paraded. She drew examples from the Library of Congress’s exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote and highlighted significant suffrage-related collections available at the Library.

Past Lectures