Welcome to the Women’s Suffrage in Iowa Online Exhibit and Resource Guide created by the Iowa Women’s Archives!

Women gained the right to vote when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified on August 26, 1920. But the struggle for the ballot began decades earlier.

The story of Iowa women mirrors what happened on the national level. The Hawkeye state was often looked to as an example because of its ties to national suffrage leaders, a history of liberalism, and visionary organizing tactics.

In honor of the 90th Anniversary of women’s suffrage, the Iowa Women’s Archives (IWA) received a grant from the State Historical Society, Inc. to digitize documents, photographs, and artifacts highlighting Iowa’s unique heritage.

Materials from the Iowa Women's Archives, the State Historical Society of Iowa, and the Special Collections Departments of The University of Iowa and Iowa State University libraries are now available in the Iowa Digital Library.

In addition, the Iowa Women's Archives has created this scrapbook exhibit to provide a brief introduction to Iowa’s suffrage history and point to local and state suffrage Resources. Questions can be directed to the Iowa Women’s Archives staff at lib-women@uiowa.edu

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IWA. Iowa Suffrage Memorial Commission records.

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ISU. Carrie Chapman Catt papers.

Project Manager: Christine Mastalio

Project Assistant: Kayla Pollock

IWA Curator: Kären Mason

Special thanks to staff at the University of Iowa Libraries, the State Historical Society of Iowa, and other Iowa cultural heritage institutions for their help in making this project happen.

The digital images in this exhibit have physical counterparts preserved by various institutions. Abbreviations used are as follows:

IWA - Iowa Women’s Archives
SHSI DM - State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines
SHSI IC - State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City
ISU - Iowa State University Special Collections