Cooperative Efforts

“The devotion, the efficiency, the self-sacrifice of the suffrage workers in Ohio will never be known. Their strength lay in their cooperation.”

--Ida Husted Harper, The History of Woman Suffrage, 1922

 Women empower women. Three words that mean so much.  The cooperation of women working together have accomplished tremendous things in our history. Founding cultural institutions, promoting education, suffrage, racial injustices, equal pay, equal rights. Women united to face challenges head on and to overcome incredible odds.   

 Tonight, Children’s Historical Publishing is unveiling our new book about some of these incredible women.  With the goal of uplifting the community, they came together to make it happen.  In Empowered Women, you will read about their struggles and triumphs.  Though just a sampling, we hope it encourages the children who read it to see themselves in the stories.  To see someone who looks like them, who lives where they live, who came from a similar background, do extraordinary things.  There is power in that. 

Young Women’s League Board of Directors, 1922; Dayton, Ohio (Courtesy of YWL Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University)

Young Women’s League Board of Directors, 1922; Dayton, Ohio (Courtesy of YWL Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University)

West Side Day Nursery Board of Directors, 1920; Dayton, Ohio (courtesy of Margaret Peters, Dayton’s African American Heritage)

West Side Day Nursery Board of Directors, 1920; Dayton, Ohio (courtesy of Margaret Peters, Dayton’s African American Heritage)