‘Suffrage Special Whistle Stop Tour’

It was Nov. 2, 1920, when more than 8 million women cast votes for the first time in the United States in a national election. This year is the National Suffrage Centennial. The Washington State Historical Society is celebrating with an eight-episode video series called Suffrage Special Whistle Stop Tour.

Many women in Washington won the right to vote in 1910, 10 years before national women’s suffrage was enacted.

“This eight-episode video series explores our state’s connections to the larger national history of women’s suffrage, and honors Washington’s women changemakers who led the way then as well as those who continue to do so today. It is thematically based on the real life 1909 Suffrage Special train, which carried local and national suffragists across our state from Spokane to Seattle in support of Washington women and their fight for the vote,” said Mary Mikel Stump, WSHS’s director of audience engagement.

Washington State Historical Society aired this series of eight “whistle stops” taking place across Washington in celebration of the suffrage centennial. You can see all eight episodes in a playlist on its YouTube channel.

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