Suffrage Strategies: Voices for Votes

Lesson Duration

Author: Gail Petri and Doris Waud, Library of Congress

Students examine a variety of primary source documents related to the women’s suffrage movement. They identify different methods people used to influence and change attitudes and beliefs about suffrage for women. Students then create original documents encouraging citizens to vote in current elections. Lesson includes primary source documents from the Library of Congress.


  • Examine a variety of primary source documents to learn about the history of suffrage for women.
  • Learn that there are many ways to influence and effect change.
  • Understand that it took the efforts of many people over time for women to gain the right to vote.
  • Use their knowledge from studying the suffrage movement to create modern day election ephemera.

Lesson: Suffrage Strategies: Voices for Votes


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