Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Dr. F.W. Gregory
The woman suffrage movement in Virginia, as in other parts of the nation, must be viewed within the total context of reform which pervaded in the first two decades of the twentieth century in America. The evils associated with the industrial revolution, mass immigration, and the urban crisis produced in the minds of men and women a favorable climate for sweeping sociological changes. Despite the receptive attitudes of individual men and women, the woman suffrage movement could never have been successful without "a heroic mustering of effort....," which has never since been achieved by this same group expect during a national crisis.
Because the movement's importance has only recently been of interest to unbiased historians, little work has been done on the woman suffrage cause on the state and local levels. Resource materials, which are abundant, often display an inconsistency in quality which may account for the lack of effort in this area. In spite of defects in the materials encountered by researchers, attempts to characterize in general terms the woman suffrage movement should not be discouraged.
Pitts, Betty C., "The status of woman suffrage in Virginia 1909-1920" (1973). Honors Theses. 654.