North Central College in the News

North Central College archivist quoted in the Daily Herald

Aug 26, 2020

Rebecca Skirvin talks about the Women’s Suffrage Movement among the Illinois suburbs

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote. This historic centennial offers an unparalleled opportunity to commemorate a milestone of democracy and to explore its relevance to the issues of equal rights today.

North Central College’s Rebecca Skirvin, coordinator of archives, interviewed with the Daily Herald to share how suburban leaders pushed movement for women's votes.

For one example, 1888 is the year when three women and two men founded the Naperville Equal Suffrage Club. Many of those who later got involved were students at what's now called North Central College. “The college from its founding was coeducational, allowing in both women and men and laying the "groundwork for considering women as equals in many ways," said Skirvin.

Read the full interview on the Daily Herald website.

Rebecca Skirvin