Women's Suffrage

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, NPG.2009.36

On March 25, 1931, Illinois, and the nation, mourned the loss of suffragist and civil rights icon Ida B. Wells. But before she became a crusader for women’s rights, Wells came to national attention as a crusader against lynchings of African Americans in the South.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

A new sculpture along the banks of the Rock River is a celebration of the centennial of women gaining the right to vote – and of the women who are carrying that right forward.