Did you know that only 18% of the 1.5 million biographies of notable people in Wikipedia are women? Washingtonians, let’s change that!
During Women’s History Month this year, we hosted Washington State Historical Society’s first ever Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon. In partnership with Women in Red’s initiative to focus on creating articles on notable suffragists, Washington State Historical Society has created a platform for Washingtonians everywhere to help create and edit articles on our local suffragists.
Visit our Wikipedia GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) page for information on how you can get started editing Wikipedia and what articles need to be created or improved. We will be adding new suggestions throughout 2019 and 2020 and need all hands on deck!
Know a notable Washington women who needs a Wikipedia page?
Edits for Women Wiki-Thon Event
Help identify & preserve suffragist histories and burial sites in Washington State.
Inspired by the National Women’s History Alliance project of the same name, we are encouraging Washingtonian women to honor the women who fought for the vote by visiting historic grave sites on election day.
Add Washington suffragists to the virtual cemetery, improve biographical information & visit their grave sites now through 2020.
Get Involved Nationally
Need some more idea? Check out what Votes for Women Centennial Grantees are doing all over Washington State to celebrate!
Library of Congress Needs Your Help
Transcribing Suffragist Papers
Nearly 16,000 pages of letters, speeches, newspaper articles and other suffragist documents are now available on By the People,
FOLLOW THE TRAIL
Washington State is participating in The National Votes for Women Trail which will highlight the role of each state in the 72-year battle to achieve women’s suffrage.
Information will be entered into a comprehensive database that will be used to populate an interactive nationwide map, which will represent a more complete story of the struggle for women’s suffrage.
CELEBRATE WITH STAMPS
Set to be issued in 2020, the United States Postal Service has recently introduced the new 19th Amendment: Women.
With this stamp, the Postal Service commemorates the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees women the right to vote. Inspired by historic photographs, the stamp features a stylized illustration of suffragists marching in a parade or other public demonstration.
The clothes they wear and the banners they bear display the official colors of the National Woman’s Party — purple, white and gold. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp with original art by Nancy Stahl.
Use these stamps in your home or office to honor the centennial all through 2020.
RESEARCH LOCAL SUFFRAGISTS
Volunteer researchers are helping to complete biographies on 58 Washington State suffragists as a part of the Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States, a crowdsourced project researching the lives of 3,000 women suffrage activists, primarily concentrated in the period 1890-1920.
The sketches will place women’s suffrage activism within the frame of women’s broader social agenda, before and after the passage of the 19th Amendment in August 1920.