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The Truth Be Told collection, a special edition of Evoke, features portraits and artifacts that help tell a more complete story of the history of women's voting rights, with a focus on Black women's activism.

This digital collection is brought to you by Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company created by Melinda Gates to advance social progress in the United States. In addition to Gates Archive and Collections, contributions to the collection are from the following organizations.

Allison Lange

Meet the Curator: Allison K. Lange

Allison K. Lange is an associate professor of history at the Wentworth Institute of Technology. Her book, Picturing Political Power: Images in the Women's Suffrage Movement, focuses on the ways that women's rights activists and their opponents used images to define gender and power during the suffrage movement. Lange has also curated suffrage exhibitions at the Massachusetts Historical Society and Harvard's Schlesinger Library.

Further Learning

This collection aims to shine a light on parts of the suffrage movement that are often ignored by history. By exploring the fuller story, we can gain a deeper understanding of who we are as a country and how we got here. And by getting to know more of the women who rose to this historic occasion and dedicated their efforts to a more equal future, we can be inspired to continue their unfinished work.

We invite you to learn more.

Selected Bibliography

Cooper, Brittney C. Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2017.
Lange, Allison K. Picturing Political Power: Images in the Women's Suffrage Movement. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2020.
Lindsey, Treva B. Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington, D.C. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2017.
Tetrault, Lisa. Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women's Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2014.
Terborg-Penn, Rosalyn. African American Women in the Struggle for the Vote, 1850-1920. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1998.
Zackodnik, Teresa C., ed. African American Feminisms, 1828-1923. New York: Routledge, 2007.
Parker, Alison M., ed. Unceasing Militant: The Life of Mary Church Terrell. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.