Charting the Historic Significance of Hillary Rodham Clinton (April 2017)

This essay first appeared in the April issue of Choice (volume 54 | issue 8).


The Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote, was passed in 1920 after a series of increasingly intense protests across the country. In the drive for passage, women took to the streets in 1917 with massive parades in New York City that culminated in picket lines outside the iron gates of the White House. Abandoning the more passive suffrage parade that characterized the movement at the turn of the century, women started their much more politicized daily picketing vigils in front of the White House in January of 1917. Women associated their cause with the national symbol at the …

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Angela Fritz received a PhD in American History from Loyola-University-Chicago, and an MLS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously, Angela Fritz was employed by the Office of Presidential Libraries and Museums in Washington, D.C. where she worked on presidential library development and White House outreach initiatives for the National Archives. Currently, she serves as the Head of Archives at the University of Notre Dame.