Siouxland Libraries to Focus on 100 Years of South Dakota Women’s Suffrage

Molly Rozum, Associate Professor, and Ronald R. Nelson, Chair of Great Plains and South Dakota History at the University of South Dakota, will present an overview of the women’s suffrage movement in South Dakota, on Sunday, September 16, 2018, from 2 to 3 p.m., at the Downtown Library, 200 North Dakota Avenue.

“Votes for Women: 100 Years of Woman Suffrage in South Dakota,” will look at the general history of the woman suffrage movement in the state, which after statehood in 1889 held six full campaigns to convince the state’s male population to vote “yes” in support of women’s suffrage.

Rozum will also discuss, from a state perspective, the roles of individual suffragists, themes important to the success and failure of the movement, and the work of national touring suffragist lecturers in the state lecturers associated with the National American Woman Suffrage Association (the organization of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Carrie Chapman Catt, and Anna Howard Shaw).

She will relate the movement in South Dakota to national and regional patterns in the struggle to win the vote for women, finally achieved in 1920 with the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Rozum is the author of Grasslands Grown: Sense of Place and Regional Identity on North America’s Canadian Prairies and American Plains, 1870–1950 (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press) (forthcoming) and co-editor of Votes for Women on the Northern Plains: Woman Suffrage in Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, and North Dakota (Pierre: South Dakota State Historical Society Press) (in process, expected 2020). She has studied South Dakota settler society and recently published “It’s Weathered Many a Storm: The Enduring Sod House in northwestern South Dakota” in South Dakota History 47:4 (winter), a study of the house types built by homesteaders in northwestern South Dakota.

If an ADA accommodation is needed, please contact the Human Relations Office at 605‑367‑8745 (voice), 605-367-7039 (TTY), or at least 72 hours before the event.

For more information, please call Siouxland Libraries Downtown Library, 367-8700, or visit


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