SC Suffragists

Women Won the Right to Vote a Century Ago; This Organization Works to Protect That Right

September 22, 2020 - Posted in History by Thelisha Eaddy
National League of Women Voters

In February of 1920, just six months before the 19th amendment was ratified, the League of Women Voters was founded by Suffragists of the National American Woman Suffrage Association in Chicago, Illinios. The nonpartisan organization has been referred to as a "mighty...

New exhibit at SC State Museum honors 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment

September 15, 2020 - Posted in Culture by Leslie Leonard
New exhibit at SC State Museum honors 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment

A Voice of Her Own: South Carolina Women in Politics is a new exhibit at the South Carolina State Museum celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment passing, which gave women the right to vote. "One of the things we all wanted people to take away from this...

For Black Women, the 19th Amendment was the Beginning of a Long Fight for Voting Rights

September 14, 2020 - Posted in History by Victoria Hansen
African American women and men carry signs calling for equal rights in 1963 more than 40 years after the 19th ammendent was pass

The 19th amendment promised women the right to vote would not be denied because of gender. But it was an empty promise for women with dark skin. "It's an historical legacy that can't be ignored because it's inconvenient," says Sandra Slater. She's an associate history...

Teaching resource feature: Suffrage hyperdoc

September 2, 2020 - Posted in Education by Brian Day
Vote for Women poster from Periscope

To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote, ETV Education created an interactive hyperdoc for teachers and students. The hyperdoc is customizable for students in 5th – 12th grades and features content...

Beaufort Suffragist Shared Gullah Folklore and Educated Black Children

September 1, 2020 - Posted in History by Victoria Hansen
Christensen family Portrait, Abbie 3rd from right

Anne Christensen Pollitzer lives at the end of a dirt road on Saint Helena Island. The view from her back porch is as stunning as her story. White egrets wade along the marsh as Anne unfolds two large, cardboard displays beside her, spreading them out like wings. Each is...

Charleston Suffragist Helped Save Historic Architecture

August 25, 2020 - Posted in History by Victoria Hansen
Miles Brewton house on King Street where Susan Pringle Frost was born and later returned to live out the rest of her life.

Susan Pringle Frost was born to a prominent Charleston family and seemed destined for a life of leisure until her father's fertilizer business fell apart after the Civil War. She left boarding school to help her family, first by working as a secretary for an architect and...

The Power of the Pollitzer Sisters; Education, Equality and Persuasion

August 17, 2020 - Posted in History by Victoria Hansen
Anita Pollitzer

A pale, pink home with contrasting, black shutters sits along 5 Pitt Street in Charleston. Its window boxes overflow with colorful flowers, vibrant like the women who once lived there. An historical marker tells their story. "Hello, we are the Pollitzer sisters," the...

When an Unlikely Ally of Women's Suffrage Emerged In Edgefield, Support for the Cause Grew

August 11, 2020 - Posted in News by Thelisha Eaddy
Emily Anderson Dunovant

Emily Anderson Dunovantfield lived in Edgefield, South Carolina. She was well-educated and what many called a traditional woman. But during the early 1900's, Dunovant used a radical voice to help elevate the women's suffrage cause in South Carolina. Dr. James O. Farmer, Jr...

Charleston Sisters' Aversion to Slavery Fuels Fight for Women's Rights

August 4, 2020 - Posted in History by Victoria Hansen
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Lee Ann Bain talks excitedly as she darts from the sun to the shade along Charleston's sweltering city streets. There's hardly a bead of sweat forming on her face. Bain knows how to beat the heat. She's been giving walking tours for 11 years. Bain remembers studying to...

'Inspired To Use Her Voice For Women's Rights,' Eulalie Salley Followed Her Mind, Broke Barriers

July 28, 2020 - Posted in News by Thelisha Eaddy
Pickens-Salley House

Eulalie was born in Georgia on December 11, 1883. She grew up on a plantation near Augusta, was privately educated and attended both, Virginia's Mary Baldwin College and Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. In 1906, she married attorney Julian Salley (later mayor of Aiken)...

The Fall of Reconstruction, Rise of Jim Crow Created Missed Opportunities for Women's Suffrage

July 14, 2020 - Posted in News by Thelisha Eaddy
US Postal Service 19th Amendment: Women Vote stamp. Inspired by historic photographs, the stamp features a stylized illustration of suffragists marching in a parade or other public demonstration.

The women’s suffrage movement was a decades-long fight that most historians place starting with the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention . But there are some who place the nearly 100-year struggle starting, in earnest, decades before the civil war with the proliferation of reform...

Conversations on S.C. History: Women and World War I

July 3, 2020 - Posted in Culture by Alfred Turner
Detail from a poster showing a Red Cross nurse with an American flag and the Red Cross symbol.

Prior to that World War I, South Carolina was a predominantly rural state, with a Black majority populaltion. The typical S.C. woman in 1916 was Black, and, if she was employed, she was likely an agricultural worker or a domestic worker. If she was White, a working woman...

At This Intersection in Downtown Columbia, The Rollin Sisters Fought For the Vote

June 30, 2020 - Posted in News by Thelisha Eaddy
Views from Sumter and Senate streets in Downtown Columbia

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, South Carolina Public Radio and South Carolina ETV are broadcasting the series Sisterhood: South Carolina Suffragists. The series looks at how local women played...

Sisterhood: SC Suffragists, A Look at How Local Women Helped Secure the Right to Vote

June 16, 2020 - Posted in News by Thelisha Eaddy
Suffragists demonstrating against Woodrow Wilson in Chicago, 1916.

On May 21, 1919, the US House of Representatives passed the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing American women the right to vote. Two weeks later, the Senate followed. The amendment was ratified and adopted, one year later on August 18, 1920. Getting to this historic moment took...

"S" is for South Carolina Equal Suffrage League

July 31, 2019 - Posted in History by Walter Edgar
South Carolina From A to Z

"S" is for South Carolina Equal Suffrage League. The South Carolina Equal Suffrage League (SCESL) was formed by the Spartanburg New Era Club and other members of the white South Carolina Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1914. Hannah Hemphill Coleman was elected the first...

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