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After decades of political debate on the issue, American women gained suffrage, or the right to vote, after the US Senate passed the 19th Amendment – nicknamed the “Anthony Amendment” after prominent suffragist Susan B. Anthony. A century later, we salute women like Anthony who work tirelessly to give women an equal political voice in America and other nations.

Can you imagine what it might have been like for women before the 19th Amendment? Some women acknowledged the inequality and fought to change the status quo. Some didn’t consider it something that could be changed. And others still were surprisingly opposed to it. Explore these artifacts and the stories behind them for a glimpse of the complex issues facing American Jewish women as the considered women’s suffrage.

We wonder what Sadie Silver thought about women’s roles in her time.

Image:
Sadie Silver, ca. 1900
National Museum of American Jewish History, 1989.25.1
Gift of Sadye Rosen