Family Day: The Strategies of Suffrage

Postcard, “Mother’s Got the Habit Now,” 1913

In 1848, more than 300 attendees gathered in Seneca Falls, New York to discuss women’s rights. That meeting started an organized, national movement. In the decades that followed, suffragists gathered, discussed, spoke, wrote, performed, paraded, and protested to get American women the right to vote! 

On May 30, 2020 the Hargrett Library hosted its first-ever virtual family day highlighting the exhibit “The Strategies of Suffrage: Mobilizing a Nation for Women's Rights." 

Check out the activities and videos below to learn more about this exhibit, and the fight for women's suffrage! To see more original items from the collection, visit the digital version of the exhibit here


Popular culture helped the suffrage movement gain momentum at the turn of the 20th century. While attending meetings and conferences, marching in parades, and running tents at local fairs, supporters donned badges, pins, and sashes with slogans like “Votes for Women” to help spread word about their cause.

Make your own suffrage swag by following the directions on these worksheets. For some button inspiration, take a look at the image gallery below.   

Tour Stop Videos 

Storytime Video 

Family Day: The Strategies of Suffrage