Non-white and/or non-Protestant Lyricists of the Women's Suffrage Movement
- Jeannie Ma. Guerrero, PhD (see profile)
- Society for Music Theory—Autographs & Archival Documents Interest Group
- Women--Suffrage, Women musicians, Women musicians, Black, Chinese American women, Hispanic American women, Hawaiian women, Jewish women
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- Responding to the near-exclusive representation of white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant women as identifiable figures in the Women's Suffrage Movement, I sought to discover why Suffrage-song lyricists from other backgrounds were not well known. This document presents research on a study to (re-)discover non-white and/or non-Protestant song lyricists during the Women's Suffrage Movement. Conducted in the year leading up to the Women's Suffrage Centennial in 2020, the research yielded a collection of songs, a number of which were performed at the gravesite of Susan B. Anthony in Rochester, NY, on Election Day 2020. Arrangements of those songs have been published as the collection entitled, "They Sang Too: The Unheard Voices of the Women's Suffrage Movement," and it is currently available at JW Pepper [https://www.jwpepper.com/They-Sang-Too%3A-The-Unheard-Voices-of-the-Women%27s-Suffrage-Movement/11514404.item#.ZFZyN3bMK5c]. The full extent of my findings includes research suggestions to identify additional non-white and/or non-Protestant lyricists in the future. The research was funded by HumanitiesNY.
- The document represents research as of November 2020. Updated research will replace this document as it happens.
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