Her Hat Was in the Ring: Women, History, Politics, and Digital Humanities in the Twenty-First Century
But why trace these women? Current scholarship contends that women did not begin to run for political office until after 1920 and full suffrage. Full and equal suffrage has been viewed as the most important aspect of the civil rights movement for women’s full citizenship and participation in U.S. democracy. However, this project has uncovered the thousands of women, with their many male and female supporters, who campaigned for political office as soon as they were legally allowed to participate in their region or state. Over 40 states had women in office by 1920, with women serving in over 60 different offices, representing more than a dozen political parties. This challenges our notions of the history of female citizenship in fundamental ways, and one that was based on regional challenges to a national norm, rather than prescribed by one watershed event in 1920.
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