Women’s Suffrage Project

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Suffragists parade down Fifth Avenue, 1917. The New York Times Photo Archives. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Suffragists_Parade_Down_Fifth_Avenue,_1917.JPG
August 18, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which established women’s right to vote, and nicely coincides with the 2020 presidential election. To celebrate the anniversary, honor the advocates, and document the history of this momentous change, this digital humanities project will provide USF faculty and students with an easily accessible, interactive environment from which to teach and learn about the many aspects of this important event in American history.  Also, as an open access environment, the site will be available and marketed to other institutions, such as colleges/universities, high schools, and women’s advocacy groups.
US Suffrage Map 1920 from the article “Out of Subjection Into Freedom” by Marjorie Shuler, published in The Woman Citizen, page 360, September 4, 1920. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Suffrage_Map_1920.png
Ideally, the project will be a collaborative and multidisciplinary effort between the USF Libraries and faculty and students from many academic departments, such as Women’s & Gender Studies, History, and Mass Communications. This could include coursework, internships, OUR projects, and independent study opportunities. Faculty and students participating in the project will be exposed to and gain experience with digital humanities and data visualization tools and methods and the concepts and practical applications of digital literacy. The end result of the project to be published no later than August 1, 2020 will be an interactive, online platform that documents the history, media coverage, and impact of the women’s suffrage movement in the U.S.
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