Press Release
Press Release · Tuesday, February 10, 1998

Press Release
February 10, 1998
National Archives Announces a New Digital Classroom Project: Woman Suffrage and the 19th Amendment

Washington, DC -- The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) announces a new digital classroom project on its website. "Woman Suffrage and the 19th Amendment," presents documents, teaching suggestions and links to related websites.

Beginning in the mid-19th century, several generations of woman suffrage supporters lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied and practiced civil disobedience to achieve what many Americans considered a radical change in the Constitution. Militant suffragists used tactics such as parades, silent vigils, and hunger strikes. The records of the National Archives and Records Administration reveal much of this struggle.

As the 150th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 approaches on July 19, the National Archives is commemorating this historic event in a number of ways. The National Archives specially commissioned a script based on historical documents describing the decades long struggle for women’s equality entitled, "Failure is Impossible." The script was performed on August 26, 1995, during the National Archives celebration of the 75th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. It is included in its entirety in this new digital classroom project.

"Woman Suffrage and the 19th Amendment" is the latest in a series of digital classroom exercises that the National Archives and Records Administration has produced for teachers and students on the website. Other subjects covered on our education website include exercises on the Amistad Case, the Constitution, and poster art from World War II. For a full listing, visit

For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or by e-mail.


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