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Generations of women fought by protesting and picketing before the 19th Amendment gave them the constitutional right to vote on August 26, 1920. Jane Addams, co-founder of Chicago's Hull-House, advocated strongly for women's suffrage. Join us in recognizing the determination and complexity of the people who fought for the right to vote when we partner with the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Reaching Across Illinois Library System, Arlington Heights Public Library District, Aurora Public Library, and Gail Borden Public Library to showcase these events.

Register to engage with these live partner programs, which will be on our YouTube channel: SchaumburgLibrary.TV.

Championing Women’s Activism in Modern America
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Join Hull-House virtually for Jane Addams' 160 birthday celebration! Author Anya Jabour’s new biography, Sophonisba Breckinridge: Championing Women’s Activism in Modern America highlights Sophonisba Breckinridge’s remarkable career as an educator and activist.

Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote and Insisted on Equality for All
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From her book, Vanguard, acclaimed historian Martha S. Jones, along with Northwestern history professor, Leslie Harris, will offer a new history of African-American women’s political lives in America.

SURGE: Film and Discussion
Saturday, October 3, 6 – 8 p.m.
SURGE follows first-time women candidates who ran for elected office in Texas, Indiana and Illinois in the historic election year of 2018. The film features the unprecedented successful campaign of U.S. Representative for Illinois’ 14th district Congresswomen Lauren Underwood, the youngest black women to serve in congress.

Race and Rights: Wells, Willard, and Addams
Thursday, November 19, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Ida B. Wells, Frances Willard and Jane Addams each worked to expand women’s rights and influence. However, they had significant disagreements in their approaches informed by their differing views about the impact of race and racism.

Virtual Exhibits

Experience these two virtual exhibits by exploring the two-floors of the Hull Mansion in beautiful 360-degrees. Hear from three guides by clicking the speaker symbols throughout the museum for a guided tour or simply click and drag or look around for a self-guided tour:

Why Women Should Vote
Based on a 1910 essay written by Jane Addams, this exhibition explores the grassroots national movement organized by American women demanding the right to vote as well as issues such as women’s leadership, racism within women’s movements and women’s power to impact civic affairs.

True Peace: the Presence of Justice
Jane Addams founded the American Women’s Peace Party to oppose World War I, which became the Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom. More than 100 years later, women’s international peace organizing continues as highlighted by the artwork of Monica Trinidad and photographs by Sarah-Ji.

Monica Trinidad is a queer, Latinx artist and organizer whose artwork highlights campaigns and movements in Chicago from 2014 through 2019 that have largely been led by Black and Brown women and young girls.

Sarah-Ji, prison abolitionist and community organizer, exhibits photographs that document the extensive social justice organizing in Chicago from the past ten years focusing on Black women in Chicago.

Mapping Project

We’re collecting information across the state of Illinois to track different exhibits, artifacts and personal stories about the women’s suffrage movement. Take a look at our map.

Have your own personal story or picture that you want to contribute to the map? Tell us!

Any questions or comments? Email Stephanie Driscoll at @email.