Newspapers and other printed materials played a huge role in the women’s suffrage movement. In an era before television, the Internet, or even radio, newspapers were the best way to spread news and opinions quickly to many people (at least the ones who could read—many Americans did not have the opportunity to get an education.) Books, especially memoirs, were also popular for spreading people’s ideas and beliefs. In addition, suffragists would personally hand out pamphlets and flyers with information about the suffrage movement at suffrage events.
Many prominent suffragists ran their own women’s rights focused newspapers. The first of these newspapers was The Lily, published by Amelia Bloomer starting in 1849. The Lily focused on both the temperance movement and women’s rights. The most successful of these papers was the Woman’s Journal, first published by Lucy Stone in 1870. The Woman’s Journal ran for over 60 years.
Another major milestone for the women’s suffrage movement was the publication of the History of Woman Suffrage by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Matilda Joslyn Gage. The six-volume publication was an attempt to create a full history of the American women’s suffrage movement, and although the editors’ political views led them to exclude figures of whom they disapproved, it remains a significant record of the movement.
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