Women's Equality Day 2016

Women's Equality Day 2016, marked 96 years since women's right to vote became part of the US constitution. At Nice and Serious, I illustrated just a few of the many amazing women who fought for this right.


Victoria Woodhull
In 1872, she was first women to run for president of the United States. Not only was she an activist for women’s rights, she also advocated for an eight-hour work day and to do away with the death penalty.

Ida B. Wells
She was born into slavery in Mississippi, but later became a journalist, sociologist, and leader in the Civil Rights Movement. She founded the Alpha Suffrage Club, the largest black women’s suffrage club in Illinois.

Lucy Stone
Lucy became the first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree in 1847. Soon after putting herself through school, she took a job with the American Anti-Slavery Society. In her spare time, Stone advocated for women’s rights and helped organize the first Women’s Rights Convention in her state. 

Sojourner Truth
She was born into slavery in New York state, but escaped to freedom in 1826. She is best remembered as an abolitionist and women’s rights activist but the causes she sponsored varied, including prison reform, property rights and universal suffrage. It wasn’t until four decades after Truth’s death that women got the vote.

Illustration: Kirstin Smith