Objects of History: Woman Suffrage

Are the tactics used by suffragists to fight for political power still effective? The Objects of History: Woman Suffrage video series explores four techniques that suffragists used to reshape the nation's democracy: protesting, organizing, branding, and lobbying.

The Kaiser Wilson Banner



President Woodrow Wilson would no longer talk to suffragists, so they took matters into their own hands. They made it their mission that the president would not be able to enter or leave the house without seeing a silent sentinel with a message asking him about suffrage. In this video, curator Lisa Kathleen Graddy gives us a behind the scenes look at a remaining fragment that belonged to the Kaiser Wilson banner.

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/yWOo8WamLvI

Nannie Helen Burroughs & Clubs



We think of clubs as being an after school activity, but throughout our history clubs brought people together to promote change. In this video, curator Lisa Kathleen Graddy introduces Nannie Helen Burroughs and her role in founding the Women’s Convention Auxiliary to the National Baptist Convention.

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/bRi4bblFiCU

Merch & Suffrage



We all have pins, buttons, bumper stickers, laptop stickers. "Merch" has been around since the beginning of our country. In this video curator Lisa Kathleen Graddy explores how suffragists used merchandise to spread their cause and discover identity.

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/bksxsSc1TmQ

Susan B. Anthony & Lobbying



The only way for women to get the vote, was to convince men in congress to pass laws that could make it happen. Lobbying is a way for individuals and groups to talk to their congress people. In this video, curator Lisa Kathleen Graddy highlights the impact of Susan B. Anthony’s lobbying for women’s rights.

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/RRyBzXHT8M0