AMWA Exhibition

Women Physician Suffragists


Women Physician Suffragists

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment,* AMWA has launched this on-line exhibition to celebrate the important contributions of women physicians to the suffrage movement. Learn about these women leaders, who in addition to being physicians, helped advocate for equal voting rights for women of all professions.

AMWA encourages all women to participate in the 2020 elections! Join the AMWA VOTES Campaign with Vision2020 and Motivote and help advance your state’s team.

*The 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote was passed by Congress on June 4, 1919 and ratified on August 18, 1920. It was adopted as law on August 26, a day now commemorated as Women’s Equality Day. Despite the national law, local laws and restrictions still prevented women of color from voting in certain parts of the country. It would be several more decades before full voting equality was achieved for all women in the United States.

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Women Physician Suffragists




Ida Joe Brooks


Emily Pierson


Mary B. Jewett


L. D. Morse


Louise Southgate


Delia B. Randel


Marie E. Adams

New Hampshire

Jennie Sarah Barney

Rhode Island

Martha H. Mowry

South Carolina

Rosa Hirichman Gantt


Mattie E. Coleman


Kate Kelsey


Learn about AMWA’s participation in Drexel University College of Medicine’s Initiative Vision2020: National Women’s Equality Initiative.  The Legacy Center – From the Collections: Women’s Suffrage

VoteHealth2020: Womxn100 Campaign

AMWA is thrilled to partner with VoteHealth2020’s Womxn100 Campaign to recognize the leadership of Black, Asian, Latinx, and Native American womxn to protect and expand voting rights for all womxn. Please see this graphic courtesy of VoteHealth2020’s Womxn100 Campaign.

Graphic courtesy of VoteHealth2020: Womxn100 Campaign


AMWA Partners with Vision 2020 to Break the Record for Women Voting


AMWA is partnering with Drexel University College of Medicine’s Vision2020: National Women’s Equality Initiative to “Break the Record for Women Voting” in the 2020 elections.

Vision 2020

Vision 2020 is a nonpartisan national coalition of organizations and individuals working to achieve economic, political and social equality for women. 

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution: women’s right to vote. In celebration, Vision2020 has launched Women 100, a series of programs and events that celebrate American women and spark new ideas about the path to gender equality. Vision2020 is also focused on developing a bold new agenda based on shared leadership among women and men, and by breaking the record for women voting in the 2020 national election using the Motivote Platform. 


AMWA invites members and allies to join the AMWA Votes team to make voting in the 2020 elections an easy, fun, and social experience for all! Let’s work together to make sure that women today exercise the right that past generations worked so hard to secure! Empower your community to be active citizens and to make your voices heard.


AMWA is creating a nationwide competition by state. Sign up to get timely and specific information about upcoming elections so that you can make a plan to vote and support others along the way. As you complete actions that help you get ready to vote, you will earn points that can be redeemed for fun rewards from mission-driven brands. Invite your family and friends. As you and your team members earn points, watch your state team move up the scoreboard! On Election Day, you’ll celebrate your state win! 

Empower your community to be active citizens and to make your voices heard! Join your state team HERE.




  • Centennial Celebration of Women’s Suffrage
  • Curator’s Cut: An Inside Look at DC’s Suffrage Exhibits. Register for the webinar on May 27, 7-8 PM EST HERE.
  • Suffragette & Suffragist: The Influence of the British Suffrage Movement. Read the blog HERE.
  • Rightfully Hers Pop-Up Exhibit. Book your free pop-up exhibit from the National Archives HERE.
  • With Good Reason: The hidden herstory behind the classic “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” song. Check out the podcast HERE.

National Initiatives to Commemorate the Suffrage Movement:

Women’s Vote Centennial
Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative
Women’s Rights – National Park Service
Whereas: Stories from the People’s House


the hippocratic vote: Mobilizing for work, war, and votes (Mandell)
Medical Frontiers: Women Physicians and the Politics and Practice of Medicine in the American West, 1870-1930 (Antonivich)
The “Open Way of Opportunity”: Colorado Women Physicians and World War I

About the Women Physician Suffragists Exhibition

This exhibition was inspired by AMWA’s participation in Vision2020, a program of Drexel University College of Medicine which brought together a coalition of organizations and leaders in 2010 for a decade long initiative focused on women’s equality and suffrage. We are thrilled to launch this exhibition during Women’s History Month, March 2020, and hope that it will continue to grow in the coming years.         

— Eliza Lo Chin, MD, MPH, AMWA Executive Director

Exhibition Co-Chairs: Morgan Levy, Courtney Chau, Alyssa Brown, Eliza Chin
Researchers: Naveena Daram, Prachi Keni, Mollie Marr, Naseem Rangwala, Katarina Watson, Deborah Pavey

Vision 2020 Toast to Tenacity

AMWA joins Vision2020 in a Toast to Tenacity on August 26, 2020 every year.

Celebrate 100 years of women’s voting rights!

Join a virtual tribute to Women’s Equality Day with inspiring speakers, music and a salute to the suffragists.

August 26, the day the 19th Amendment was adopted in 1920, is recognized nationwide as Women’s Equality Day. To celebrate the centennial, Vision 2020 will host a hybrid virtual event of live-streaming and pre-recorded presentations, tributes and performances.

Webcasting from Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Vision 2020 will host a 90-minute program that includes well-known speakers, music by the Philadelphia Orchestra and singer Meghan Cary, a visit with the Philadelphia Eagles, a ceremonial ringing of the Justice Bell* and a nationwide toast to the tenacious suffragists whose efforts won voting rights for American women.

The webcast will be accessible online from 12 pm to 1:30 pm at

Want a reminder? Sign up to receive an email on the morning of Aug. 26 by clicking here!

Vision 2020 Partners, Allies and supporters across the country will join in a collective toast at 1 pm ET, raising a glass of grape juice, as the suffragists did due to Prohibition, or a beverage of their choice.

Anyone who can’t attend a toast or watch the webcast can participate through social media by posting a photo and using the hashtag #ToastToTenacity.

*The Justice Bell is a replica of the Liberty Bell without the crack. It was created in 1915 to raise public awareness about women’s fight for voting rights. After a five-year journey around Pennsylvania and neighboring states, the bell finally rang for the first time when women won the right to vote in 1920. It will ring for the second time during the Toast to Tenacity!

Partnership with VoteHealth2020

AMWA is honored to partner with VoteHealth2020, a growing nonpartisan coalition of health professionals with a simple goal – to increase the number of peers and patients registered to vote, and vote safely, this November.

WomxnVote100 campaign:  To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment passage on August 26, 2020, VoteHealth2020 has partnered with 100 womxn health care leaders to inspire others to vote in November. This historic centennial offers an opportunity to commemorate a milestone of democracy while also remembering the leadership of Black, Asian, Latinx, and Native American womxn to protect and expand voting rights for all womxn — and ensuring that every eligible womxn is registered and ready to vote.


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