Collection Highlights: Special Edition of The Woman Citizen, 1920

The 2019-2020 Georgia History Festival theme, “Women’s Suffrage at 100: The 19th Amendment and Georgia History,” focuses on exploring the legacy of women’s suffrage in Georgia and the United States in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the struggle to pass the 19th Amendment, in which women won the right to vote. Throughout the Festival, the Collection Highlights Blog will share materials from GHS collections that present varying perspectives, opinions, and efforts related to the women’s suffrage movement and its legacy in Georgia.

Special Edition, The Woman Citizen, 1920. From the Stewart Huston Family Papers, MS 1267.

The Woman Citizen was a journal published by the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). Its main goal was the enfranchisement of American women, but it also broached topics like child labor and the plight of the working woman. This issue is a special edition published for the NAWSA convention held in Chicago in February 1920—five months after Congress passed the 19th Amendment, and approximately six months before its ratification. Featured on the cover is an illustration entitled, “Handing on the Work” by C. D. Batchelor. The illustration is a vivid representation of the sentiments that members of suffrage organizations felt as their work to pass the Amendment reached its culmination. The elder woman represents the suffrage movement “handing on the work” of citizenship to future generations.

The Woman Citizen, Encyclopædia Britannica

Woman Citizen, February 14, 1920. Special Convention Number, VCU Libraries