DNC Women's History Month Newsletter 2024

Hello Women's Caucus Members, 

I hope you had a great week. Please see below to read the Women's History Month edition of the DNC's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion newsletter.

In Solidarity, 

Lottie Shackelford
DNC Women's Caucus Chair


DEI at the DNC

Newsletter: March 2024 Issue

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” - Shirley Chisholm


Celebrating Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month is a time to celebrate the invaluable contributions from all women to our country and to rededicate ourselves to continuing to build on all of the progress we have made.

Women's History Week started in 1978 as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, CA, with events centered around International Women’s Day. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring a week in March to be National Women’s History Week. Since 1995, every president, including President Biden, has proclaimed March as Women’s History Month.

Women's Suffrage & the 19th Amendment


The 19th Amendment promises that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” As seen in this timeline, the push for the 19th Amendment—and subsequent voting rights milestones for women of color–was long and arduous. 72 years went by between the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls and the ratification of the 19th Amendment on August 18, 1920. Then, it took over 60 years for all existing and eligible states to ratify the 19th Amendment, with Mississippi being the last to do so, on March 22, 1984.



National suffrage groups were key to the success of the movement. In 1890, two prominent suffrage groups merged to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) which lobbied for women’s voting rights on a state-by-state basis. In 1900, Carrie Chapman Catt stepped up to lead NAWSA. 

Pushed out of national suffrage organizations, Black suffragists founded their own groups, including the National Association of Colored Women Clubs (NACWC), founded in 1896 by a group of women including Frances E.W. Harper, Mary Church Terrell and Ida B. Wells-Barnett.




Alice Paul and Lucy Burns are credited to have choreographed the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession in Washington, DC. Click here to learn more about the march.

There were countless other leaders, especially women of color, who were also on the frontlines dedicating themselves to ensuring women’s right to vote. A few of these pioneers, celebrated within this article, were the community organizer Juno Frankie Pierce and the journalists Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin and Elizabeth Piper Ensley, who championed both suffrage and civil rights; Native American women such as Susette La Flesche Tibbles and Zitkala-Sa; queer women like the poet Angelina Weld Grimké and the educator Mary Burrill; Latina women like Jovita Idár, who protected her family’s newspaper and the rights of Mexican-Americans; and Asian-American women like Mabel Ping-Hua Lee, who led thousands of marchers in a 1912 suffrage parade in New York.

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  • A Woman’s Place is at the Polls: An episode that dives into the history of universal suffrage from the passing of the 19th Amendment till today. Highlights the fact that the fight for women’s suffrage still continues in contemporary times.

  • Black Feminism: Season 1 of “Collected,” a project of the African American History Curatorial Collective at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

  • Creating an Inclusive Women's Empowerment Movement with Ifrah Akhtar: An episode of the “A. Gilman Podcast” which reflects on the feminist movement in the United States and the changes that need to be made to include more diverse voices.

  • Next Women Generation: inspiring stories of young leaders working in business, non-profit, and public sectors.

  • The Waves: a pair of writers and guests talk through one news story we can’t stop thinking about, and unpack what gender has to do with it.

  • What’sHerName: hosted and produced by academic sisters Olivia Meikle and Dr. Katie Nelson, this podcast features interviews of experts and weaves vivid, nuanced biographies of women you’ve never heard of (but should have).

  • Womanica: In just 5 minutes a day, learn about different incredible women from throughout history.


  • A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

  • Abolition. Feminism. Now. by Angela Davis

  • The Baddest Bitch in the Room by Sophia Chang

  • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama

  • Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist by Judith Heumann

  • Girlhood by Melissa Febos

  • Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that the Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall

  • Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez

  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

  • My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

  • The Power by Naomi Alderman

  • She Votes: How U.S. Women Won Suffrage, and What Happened Next by Bridget Quinn

  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

  • Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship by Kayleen Schaefer

  • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

  • Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés


  • Barbie (Max)

  • The Color Purple (Max)

  • For Colored Girls (Amazon Prime & Apple TV)

  • The Diplomat (Netflix)

  • Feminists: What were they thinking? (Netflix)

  • Hidden Figures (Disney+ & Fubo)

  • Kumu Hina (Tubi)

  • Little Women (Starz)

  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix

  • Madam Secretary (Netflix)

  • Ms. Marvel (Disney+)

  • My Name is Pauli Murray (Amazon Prime)

  • Nimona (Netflix)

  • Respect (Peacock)

  • Reversing Roe (Netflix)

  • Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker (Netflix)

  • Soul Surfer (Netflix)

  • Woman Walks Ahead (Amazon Prime & Hulu)

***These materials were chosen by individual staff members and are not endorsed by the Democratic National Committee***


Important March Dates

March 8: International Women’s Day
March 12: Ramadan Begins
March 17: St. Patrick’s Day
March 22: 51st Anniversary of the Equal Rights Amendment
March 25: Holi
March 31: Easter Sunday

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