Women’s Liberation Through Music
From the Smithsonian Folk Ways Recordings site, enjoy an online playlist of songs expressing the struggle for women’s equality.
Interactive Map with Artifacts
From The Newseum EDCollections (quick and free signup), explore suffrage movement artifacts through an interactive map!
For Our Readers…
Join HooplaDigital to read about the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Here are some of the books our curatorial and research team used when creating, Guaranteeing Her Right…The 19th Amendment, Women and the Right to Vote.
Drawing Out Her Legacy: Eight Women to Know
Designed to stop your thumb and grab your attention as you scroll through your social media feeds this Women’s History Month, videos by the Smithsonian Channel highlight women from American history including artists, daredevils, activists, inventors, and more.
Can you guess the portrait before time runs out? Follow the link to ones you don’t want to miss.
Suffragist vs. Suffragette
Although similar, suffragist and suffragette historically have different meanings and were used within different circumstances. Click on the picture to learn more about these two groups!
PBS History Detectives
Learn the history of the Suffrage Pennant, view more Women’s Suffrage memorabilia, and even make your own pennant by following the directions below!
- Ribbons or crape paper
- Gold and purple markers, paints, or crayons
- Cut out the triangular shape out of poster board.
- Write Votes for women in pencil and out line in one color use the other color for the background.
- Glue ribbons or crape paper to make a tassel.
- Decorate with women marching, voting boxes, or a voting ballot.
The March of the Women
“The March of the Women” is a song composed by Ethel Smyth in 1910, to words by Cicely Hamilton. It became the official anthem of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) and more widely the anthem of the women’s suffrage movement throughout the United Kingdom and elsewhere. Activists sang it not only at rallies but also in prison while they were on hunger strike.
Sung by the Glasgow University Chapel Choir:
Shout, shout, up with your song!
Cry with the wind, for the dawn is breaking;
March, march, swing you along,
Wide blows our banner, and hope is waking.
Song with its story, dreams with their glory
Lo! they call, and glad is their word!
Loud and louder it swells,
Thunder of freedom, the voice of the Lord!
Long, long—we in the past
Cowered in dread from the light of heaven,
Strong, strong—stand we at last,
Fearless in faith and with sight new given.
Strength with its beauty, Life with its duty,
(Hear the voice, oh hear and obey!)
These, these—beckon us on!
Open your eyes to the blaze of day.
Comrades—ye who have dared
First in the battle to strive and sorrow!
Scorned, spurned—nought have ye cared,
Raising your eyes to a wider morrow,
Ways that are weary, days that are dreary,
Toil and pain by faith ye have borne;
Hail, hail—victors ye stand,
Wearing the wreath that the brave have worn!
Life, strife—those two are one,
Naught can ye win but by faith and daring.
On, on—that ye have done
But for the work of today preparing.
Firm in reliance, laugh a defiance,
(Laugh in hope, for sure is the end)
March, march—many as one,
Shoulder to shoulder and friend to friend.