Centennial Toolkit

Here are some great resources and ideas to help you in planning your community celebrations around the Centennial of the 19th Amendment. Keep an eye on this page, as it will continue to evolve. Do you have a resource you think other Leagues could benefit from? Let us know about it!



Stuhler, Barbara. “Organizing for the Vote: Leaders of Minnesota’s Woman Suffrage Movement.” Minnesota History 54, no. 7 (Fall 1995): 290-303.

Weber, Eric W. “Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association.” MNopedia, Minnesota Historical Society.

Gilman, Rhoda. "Women in Minnesota: Weaving the Web of Society in the North Star State." MNopedia, Minnesota Historical Society.

Peterson, Anna Marie. “Adding ‘A Little Suffrage Spice to the Melting Pot’: Minnesota’s Scandinavian Woman Suffrage Association,” Minnesota History 62, no. 8 (Winter 2011-12): 288–297.


Stuhler, Barbara. Gentle Warriors: Clara Ueland and the Minnesota Struggle for Woman Suffrage.  St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society, 1995.

Bauer, Heidi, ed.  The Privilege for Which We Struggled: Leaders of the Woman Suffrage Movement in Minnesota. With an Introduction by Barbara Stuhler.  St. Paul: Upper Midwest Women's History Center, 1999.

Stuhler, Barbara.  For the Public Record: A Documentary History of the League of Women Voters.  Westport: Greenwood Press, 2000.

Stuhler, Barbara, and Gretchen Kreuter, eds. Women of Minnesota: Selected Biographical Essays. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1977.

Young, Billie, and Nancy Ankenny. Minnesota Women in Politics: Stories of the Journey. St. Cloud: North Star Press, 2000.

Weiss, Elaine.  The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote. New York: Penguin Books, 2019.

Egge, Sara. Woman Suffrage and Citizenship in the Midwest, 1870-1920. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2018.


“Jeannette Rankin:Champion of Persistence”

Written and performed by J. Emily Peabody

Contact: J. Emily Peabody at 651-373-2527 (call or text) or jemilypeabody@yahoo.com

Description: Jeannette Rankin, anti-World War I & II activist, tireless women’s suffrage activist, Republican, twice elected to US House of Representatives (1917-18; 1940).  She worked for National Consumer’s League (pure food and drug) and early advocate of ranked-choice voting and similar ideas.

History Alive Lannesboro

Votes for Women, ja! (A solo show about Scandinavian women) and Suffrage Rally

Contact: Jane Peck at revels@janepeck.com

"Samantha 'Rastles' the Woman Question"

Email: JCurry@USFamily.net; Call: 612-729-6457; Write: Jane Curry, 5048 37th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55417; Website: http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/samantha-rastles-woman-question

Description: This one-woman show is based on the humorous writings of 19th-century author, Marietta Holley, whose character Samantha appeared in over twenty books between 1874-1914. A farm wife, rustic philosopher, Samantha uses horse sense humor to tackle issues of suffrage, rights denied by the church, differential intelligence, affiliative status, gender assumptions of the culture, and much more.

Nashville Ballet – “72 Steps”

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Kristin Mapel Bloomberg

Professor of Women’s History, Hamline University, and guest editor, special issue of Minnesota History

Email: kbloomberg@hamline.edu

Phone: 651-523-2091

Research: nineteenth century women’s culture and social movement in the nineteenth century Midwest and trans-Mississippi west

Sara Evans

Professor Emerita of History, University of Minnesota

Email: s-evan@umn.edu

Research: American women’s history

Publications: Tidal Wave: How Women Changed America at Century's End (The Free Press, 2003); Personal Politics: The Roots of Women's Liberation in the Civil Rights Movement and the New Left (Vintage Paperback, 1980); Born for Liberty: A History of American Women (Free Press, 1989); Journeys That Opened Up the World: Women, Student Christian Movements, and Social Justice, 1955-1975 (Rutgers University Press, 2003).

Elaine Tyler May

Professor of History and American Studies, University of Minnesota

Email: mayxx002@umn.edu

Phone: 612-626-7847

Research: gender and politics in 20th century US history

Publications: America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril and Liberation (Basic Books, 2010); Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era (Basic Books, 2008); Tell Me True: Memoir, History, and Writing a Life (co-editor with Patricia Hampl; Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2008); Created Equal: A Social and Political History of the United States (co-Author with Jacqueline Jones, Peter Wood, Thomas Borstelmann, Vicki Ruiz; Longman Publishers, 2002); Barren in the Promised Land: Childless Americans and the Pursuit of Happiness (Harvard University Press, 1996); Pushing the Limits: American Women 1940-1961 (1994); Great Expectations: Marriage and Divorce in Post-Victorian America (University of Chicago Press, Author, 1980).

Sara Egge

Assistant Professor of History, Centre College (Iowa)

Email: sara.egge@centre.edu

Phone: 859-238-5732

Research: gender, ethnicity, and rurality in the American Midwest  

Publications: Woman Suffrage and Citizenship in the Midwest, 1870-1920 (University of Iowa Press, 2018); Woman Suffrage is a Midwestern Story: Gender, Region, and Nativism, 1880-1920 (Middle West Review, 4, no. 2, Spring 2018); Putting the Farm First: Feminism and Rural American Women’s Activism in the Twentieth Century (New York: Lexington Books, 2015); Strewn Knee Deep in Literature: The Material Analysis of Print Literature and Woman Suffrage (Agricultural History 88.3, Fall 2014). 

Serena Zabin

Professor of History and Director of American Studies

Email: szabin@carleton.edu

Research: http://blogs.carleton.edu/lwv-ncf/

From Other Organizations

Women’s Suffrage Centennial Resource Toolkit
Practical ways to celebrate the suffrage movement
Organization: National Association of Commissions for Women