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Dress:Sash.pdf
Handmade Votes for Women Sash, 1916 This sash belonged to Florence Tuttle ‘16, an active member of the National College Equal Suffrage League serving in multiple leadership roles. She and two classmates handcrafted their sashes for Suffrage Day and…

OCR Why Women Should Vote.pdf
Alice Stone Blackwell was a prominent feminist, suffragist, and journalist during her lifetime. In this pamphlet published by the National American Woman Suffrage Association, Blackwell outlines 16 reasons why women should be granted the right to…

OCR ProSuffrage Flyers.pdf
Distributed by the National American Woman Suffrage Association in 1916, these flyers, originally sized 5” x 7”, were created to spread awareness for the cause in a convenient handheld size. They contained information about the main tenets of…

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Suffragists used valentines and other holidays to spread their message to as many men as they could, since men would ultimately be the ones to write and pass a voting rights amendment. February 14th would later become a significant day for…

Political Candidates.pdf
Before 1920, Mount Holyoke students held mock campaigns and elections in which they dressed up as the presidential candidates of that election year. These photos show students dressed as various figures from the 1916 national election including…

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This yearbook page gives a brief history of the Mount Holyoke chapter of the National College Equal Suffrage League and details its activities. Through its open meetings, the League brought many important suffragists to speak on campus. Mentioned on…

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During the summer of 1963, Elizabeth Butters ‘66 spent eight weeks in rural North Carolina working in a voter education program organized by the American Friends Service Committee. Upon her return, she was interviewed by the school newspaper about…

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This article describes the Civil Actions Group’s Election Day initiatives in Springfield, as well as their long-term goals. Members of the group planned to raise “poll tax” money and babysit for voters—direct action that would impact the…

OCR CCR Fundraising.pdf
This letter shows that the Committee on Civil Rights worked with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in their fundraising efforts, specifically mentioning the group’s involvement in voter registration activism. Signed by the organizers of…

OCR CCR.pdf
In April 1960, Louise DeCosta ‘62, Marion Fitch ‘62, Susan Heineman ‘60, Susan Higinbotham ‘62, and Anne Martin ‘62 wrote this letter to the administration of Mount Holyoke to declare the formation of the Mount Holyoke Committee on Civil…

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Florence Tuttle ‘16 (left), Dorothy Phelps ‘18 (center), and Helen McConkey ‘18 (right) formed a band of trumpets and drums on Suffrage Day May 9th, 1916. The three students wear ‘Votes for Women’ sashes, one of which is featured in this…

Constitution.pdf
During the spring of 1911, Mount Holyoke students established a chapter of the National College Equal Suffrage League on campus. Slava Balanbanoff x’13, the first secretary-treasurer, hand-copied and signed the group’s constitution, which set up…

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These Votes for Women pins are from the memory books of Margaret Niles ‘14 (bottom right), Madeline Wayne ‘15 (bottom left), and Ruth Sonn ‘18 (top center). The phrase “Votes for Women” was a common slogan used on suffrage ephemera and was…

Barbara Smith OCR.pdf
In these excerpts from Tiffany McClain’s ‘01 oral history project, Barbara Smith ‘69 discusses what it was like being a Black student at Mount Holyoke in the 1960s. Smith describes racist assumptions from professors about her academic ability…

OCR Gettell Statement.pdf
This statement from the Mount Holyoke President in 1965 shows that the Civil Rights Conference caused some tension and controversy due to its radical speakers. President Gettell defended the Conference on the basis of “freedom of inquiry and…
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