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Women in Government Documents: 1910-1920

a quick look at resources relating to the history of women in the united states.

Serial Set Key Words

  • Black Women (Dates: 1817-1923)
  • Legal Status of Women (Dates: 1817-1946)
  • Women's Rights (Dates: 1817 -1920)
  • Women's Suffrage (Dates: 1817-1920)
  • Women's Universities and Colleges (Dates: 1817-1920)
  • Mothers (Dates: 1817-1920)
  • Childbirth (Dates: 1817-1920)
  • Women in the Armed Forces (Dates: 1817- 1920)

Starting points

What was going on?

Women were organizing to get the vote.

Women's suffrage
The American Memory Project Archives on Women's Suffrage

The Temperance movement.
Abolition, and temperence

World War I mobilizes many women to join the workforce.
World War I Manuscripts and Documents (Finding guide from the American Memory Project)

1902 Annie Malone moves her beauty supply company to St. Louis. She will become the first female, African American, millionaire. 

1909 U.S. Children's Bureau is formally created.

Jeannette Rankin of Montana becomes the first American woman elected to the United States Congress

Keating-Owen Child Labor Act of 1916


Woman Suffrage.Committee on Woman Suffrage. Senate hearing.
Apr. 20, 26, May 3, 15, 1917


Women get the vote.

The Women's Bureau is established

Image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cph.3a52979.







Selected Government Documents

Selected government documents from this time period:

Importing Women for Immoral Purposes: A Partial Report from the Immigration Commission... (1909)

  • U.S. Dept. of Labor, Children's Bureau, Legal Series. Publications dated 1919. (Call number L5.13:)
  • Maternity Benefit Systems in Certain Foreign Countries
  • Illegitimacy Laws of the United States: Analysis and Index
  • Illegitimacy Laws of the United States and Certain Foreign Counties

Industrial experience of trade-school girls in Massachusetts.1917 Serial Set Number 7288 H.Doc. 64

1912 report discusses whether farmer's wives were more likely to become insane on account of such things as lesser opportunity to socialize or attend religious services. Compares mental health of urban vs rural women based on their typical activities. On pages 70-72 of Wages of Farm Labor, Bulletin #99 in call number A 1.9:651-700