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Demanding the Vote: The Woman Suffrage Movement

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Civics +2 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

This collection brings together objects and resources from the Smithsonian Institution that examine the woman suffrage movement and its enduring impacts. Using these artifacts and primary resources, engage students in a thoughtful discussion to analyze the guiding question: How did women use their first amendment rights to demand the vote? 

For a full lesson plan and videos on this topic, check out the National Museum of American History's "The Suffragist" classroom resources.

Additional information and resources can be found in the museum's online exhibition American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith

Button, “Votes for Women”

National Museum of American History

Declaration of Sentiments Table, 1848

National Museum of American History

Susan B. Anthony Inkstand

National Museum of American History

Susan B. Anthony’s Gavel, 1888

National Museum of American History

Susan B. Anthony’s Shawl

National Museum of American History

Carte-de-visite of Sojourner Truth

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Bust of Elizabeth Cady Stanton by Adelaide Johnson

National Museum of American History

Woman Suffrage Button

National Museum of American History

Anti-Woman Suffrage Figurine

National Museum of American History

Woman Suffrage Wagon

National Museum of American History

Woman Suffrage Button

National Museum of American History

National Woman’s Suffrage Congressional Union Flag

National Museum of American History

Woman Suffrage Banner, 1914-1917

National Museum of American History

Woman Suffrage Parade Cape, 1913

National Museum of American History

Woman Suffrage Literature Bag

National Museum of American History

Woman Suffrage Button

National Museum of American History

Woman Suffrage Postcard

National Museum of American History

Woman Suffrage "Objection" Banner

National Museum of American History

Woman Suffrage "Answer" Banner

National Museum of American History

Newspaper clipping: Anti-Suffrage demonstration, 1917

National Museum of American History

Fragment of “Kaiser Wilson” Suffrage Banner

National Museum of American History

Photograph: Arrest of Picketing Suffragists, 1917

National Museum of American History

Alice Paul’s “Silent Sentinel” Pin

National Museum of American History

Amelia Himes Walker’s "Jailed for Freedom" Pin

National Museum of American History

Woman Suffrage Postcard, c. 1917

National Museum of American History

The Suffragist, June 14, 1919

National Museum of American History

19th Amendment Ratification Pen

National Museum of American History

Button, "Another Voting Woman"

National Museum of American History

Women's Vote Button

National Museum of American History

Pro-ERA Button, 1972-1982

National Museum of American History

Engaging Students with Primary Resources

National Museum of American History