The “Write” Stuff – Learning about Research and the Writing Process

The Write Stuff: Records on Women's Battle for the Ballot, Saturday October 10

Join us this Saturday, October 10th at 3:00 pm EDT for The “Write” Stuff, streamed live on the National Archives YouTube Channel. Three authors will discuss their work on researching women’s rights and suffrage and the movement that followed.

The program’s timely topic, Records on Women’s Battle for the Ballot, commemorates the 2020 centennial of women’s rights and suffrage. The program is free and open to the public. Register online.

The research and writing process is crucial to any successful manuscript – even more so for works of nonfiction that rely upon first-person source material to tell a story. We will talk with three authors who researched women’s rights and suffrage for their books:

  • Winifred Conkling, author of Votes for Women: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot
  • Marjorie Spruill, author of Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights, and One Woman, One Vote: Rediscovering the Women’s Suffrage Movement
  • Elaine Weiss, author of The Women’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

The discussion includes a Q&A session for participants to ask questions about the authors’ inspirations, creative processes, use of primary sources, and more. Everyone is invited to join this discussion and ask questions of the authors to learn how to find the “write” stuff to tell their stories!

Find more resources about women’s suffrage and women’s rights from the National Archives:

The exhibit Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment by looking beyond suffrage parades and protests to the often overlooked story behind this landmark moment in American history. This fuller retelling of the struggle for women’s voting rights illustrates the dynamic involvement of American women across the spectrum of race, ethnicity, and class to reveal what it really took to win the vote for one-half of the people. See the online exhibit and video tour by curator Corinne Porter.

Women's Rights, Primary Sources and Teaching Activities

Find primary sources and document-based teaching activities related to women’s rights and changing roles in American history on our women’s rights page on DocsTeach, the online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives.

The campaign for women’s suffrage was long, difficult, and sometimes dramatic, yet ratification did not ensure full enfranchisement. The National Archives holds extensive documentation that helps tell this story, including the ratified amendment, petitions, court case files, educational resources, and more.

More:

Article: Forging a Path to the 19th Amendment: Understanding Women’s Suffrage 

Woman Suffrage Primary Source Set

Highlights from Virtual Commemoration of Women’s Suffrage Centennial 

Slideshow of Featured Holdings for 19th Amendment Centennial (PDF)

19th Amendment Centennial on Social Media

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