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Since the early 1800s women have been struggling against the odds for the right to vote and equality with men. The passing of the 19th Amendment, women's right to vote, on August 18, 1920 marked a significant milestone in women’s rights and advancements in equality. The highlight of this Jukebox is the slideshow, which is a compilation of audio and images.

The slideshow is a product of The Feminist History Project that was created in 1974 by Sherna Berger Gluck to trace the struggle for women's suffrage through oral history. At the time, she was the director of the Oral History Program and professor in the Women's Studies Program at California State University, Long Beach. In 2009, Sherna Gluck allowed the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Oral History Program to create this Suffragists Project Jukebox program from that material.The photos and audio of the slideshow were digitized and the Jukebox website was created in Testimony Software by the UAF Oral History Program staff. In honor of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment in 2020, the Jukebox was upgraded in 2019 into Drupal. The information in this project reflects the context of the original creation date. Some information may now be out of date.

The complete oral history recordings of the suffragists whose stories/voices are heard in this program (Jessie Haver Butler, Miriam Allen deFord, Ernestine Hara Kettler, Laura Seiler, Sylvie Thygeson, and Eva Marshall Totah) can be accessed in the Suffragist Collection at the Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive (VOAHA) at California State University Long Beach. Edited transcripts with five of the women are available from the Oral History Program at the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, and an edited narrative version of the interviews with the same five women was published under the title "From Parlor to Prison: Five American Suffragists Talk About Their Lives," edited by Sherna Berger Gluck, originally published in 1976 by Vintage, and reprinted by Monthly Review Press in 1985.

Click here to access PDF of the book "Recovering Our Past: The Struggle for Woman's Suffrage," by Sherna Berger Gluck, upon which this audio slideshow is based.