Photos of the Iowa Suffrage Movement


Carrie Chapman Catt: Warrior for Women captures one woman’s influence on history. It is certain to inspire future generations of Iowa women. The classroom resources drawn from this documentary will encourage Iowa teachers to share that same inspiration with all Iowa students. Continue to check back as more resources will continue to be added throughout Spring and Summer 2020!

Generational Stories

These short vignettes capture the influence and spirit of the women's suffrage movement that is still alive today. The women interviewed are asked compelling questions such as “would you have been a suffragist?” These short video clips are just the right length to start discussions in your classroom. They invite students to place themselves in the footsteps of historic women, reflect upon the struggles and successes of history, as well as consider their own responses to historic questions.


The Carrie Chapman Catt interactive timeline features meaningful events across the life of Carrie Chapman Catt, the suffrage movement in the state of Iowa, as well as significant events in the movement nationally. Events from Catt’s life are shown in blue, state events are shown in yellow, and national events are shown in gray. Applying personal, state and national to the same timeline will encourage students to compare and contrast events that happened at the same, as well as see changes in the issues across time.

Iowa Pathways

Iowa PBS’s Iowa Pathways is an online learning environment that challenges students to create their own story of Iowa history as they explore the people, places, events and ideas of their state. This award-winning website helps students choose topics that interest them, build research questions and examine relationships among Iowa concepts—past to present. Explore the articles that connect with the suffrage movement, Carrie Chapman Catt, civil rights, and more. Analyze and interpret the extensive primary source artifacts from Iowa museums including:

Hard Won, Not Done

19th Amendment Curriculum: Developed by the Iowa 19th Amendment Centennial Commemoration Committee, this detailed curriculum for grades 9-12 helps your students explore the issues and progress of the suffrage movement in Iowa and nationwide.

Election 101: Women's Right to Vote

This two-day curriculum from the Iowa Secretary of State enables students to develop an understanding of the history of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States, including the role that Carrie Chapman Catt played. Resources include alignment to Iowa Core social studies and literacy standards.