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‘The New Suffrage History: Voting Rights in International Perspective’



Scholars of the U.S. woman suffrage movement are paying increased attention to its international dimensions. International organizations like the International Council of Women (1888) and the International Woman Suffrage Alliance (1904) have begun to receive the kind of scrutiny that has traditionally been reserved for domestic suffrage organizations such as the American Woman Suffrage Association (1869), the National Woman Suffrage Association (1869), and the National American Woman Suffrage Association (1890). This attention to suffragists’ international organizing, cross-border travel, and imperial commitments, including those of individual suffrage activists such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, has made visible the connections between struggles for women’s rights within U.S. borders and at the margins of U.S. territory including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Philippines. In turn, suffrage historians are now contributing to broader disciplinary efforts to internationalize the field of U.S. history and to map the contours of American Empire.