Individual Evanston women made significant contributions in bringing about women's political equality across Illinois and the United States. However, they also knew that organizing themselves to work collectively would make the movement even more successful.
Women's suffrage organizations existed long before the 19th Amendment was passed in 1920. The organizations featured in this exhibit formed during the 19th century, building support for the movement throughout the rest of the century.
Some of the organizations featured here remained local to Evanston, but some gained a national following in the years leading up to the passage of women's suffrage. Additionally, some of these groups dissolved after 1920, but many continued to work toward other goals. Click on the name of an organization to the right to find out more!
Alisa Bajramovic, Maggie McClain, Ella Wagner, & Marie Pellissier