We explore how women went from from heading home life to leading and participating in reforms. Though this seems contrary to all we know about women’s role in the “private sphere” we are asking how women were able to be publicly active.Read More
Enjoy our weekly posts celebrating the extraordinary contributions of the Miami Valley’s historic women over the past century of Dayton's history. Articles will address the equal role of women as a cultural and political force and focus on vital issues of concern to women and the public.
We are gearing up for an amazing adventure of storytelling as we edge closer to the centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States.
Since the American Revolution, many women in the US were actively seeking equal treatment and rights. The first Women’s Rights Convention, also referred to as the Seneca Falls Convention took place on July 19-20, 1848. Inspired by this, the first Ohio Woman’s Convention took place on April 19-20, 1850, in Salem, Ohio. It was here that petitions were collected asking that women’s suffrage to be added to the state constitution and that the word “male” be deleted from Ohio’s constitution. Though neither of these resolutions passed, it was just the beginning of a long enduring battle for women’s rights in Ohio and the nation.Read More
What is more central to being an American than our right as citizens to vote? Some would argue this privilege is at the heart of it all. By voting, each of us can express our voice for the path of our entire nation. But according to the U.S. Census Bureau, less than half of Americans vote. Let’s spend the next few weeks looking at how half of the citizens of our country fought to even have a voice. Perhaps by connecting to their struggles and seeing that Ohio was at the heart of this battle, we can find a new appreciation for one of our most essential rights.Read More
Something radical happened at the turn of the twentieth century. Modern America had begun to take shape. Industrialization had brought more than a change to everyday life in terms of urbanization. People were brought together as never before, living in cities and closer quarters. New mechanized inventions meant everyone, including women, had time to pursue new ventures.Read More
We want to announce that we have a new book in the works, which will focus on empowering women and the rich history of women’s activism in Dayton. Through individual passions and membership in clubs, Dayton women contributed to cultural, social, and civic change, including suffrage. The book will be published and available to schools, teachers, and students just in time to celebrate Women’s History Month (March) 2019.Read More