Sign, "A Woman Living Here Has Registered to Vote", 1919

Sign, "A Woman Living Here Has Registered to Vote", 1919

This sign was designed to be placed in the window of a home so that all who passed would know that the woman within had exercised her right under the 19th amendment and registered to vote. It also served as a reminder to other women to do the same.
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Object Name
date made
ca 1920
associated date
associated place
United States: Michigan, Grand Rapids
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
red (overall color)
white (overall color)
navy blue (overall color)
overall: 11 in x 5 1/4 in; 27.94 cm x 13.335 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Women's Suffrage
Women's Rights
Voting Rights
See more items in
Political and Military History: Political History, Women's History Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Woman Suffrage
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Does anyone know how women registered to vote? I'm really curious to know if my grandmother, aunts and great-grandmother voted as soon as they were able. Ancestry says they have those records, but I'm not finding anything on that. They were in Texas at the time. It's recently hit me that my grandmother couldn't have voted for Woodrow Wilson when my grandfather shipped off to WW1. It's a bit unimaginable now.
I have found books in several Massachusetts Town Clerk records. Women's registrations were separate from men. I love these records because it sometimes tells when they married and/or moved out of town.
Read about this sign and the post-suffrage campaign to "Get Out the Vote" of which it was a part in Liette Gidlow, THE BIG VOTE: GENDER, CONSUMER CULTURE, AND THE POLITICS OF EXCLUSION, 1890s-1920s (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004), pp. 133-139.

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