History in the Making

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The purpose of this article is to explore the role that Jewish immigrant women had in the Women’s Suffrage Movement. It is focused in New York due to the unique concurrency of a large, concentrated Jewish immigrant community and a heavily active location for the Women’s Suffrage Movement. The project draws a strong link to Jewish workingwomen’s influence and participation in the Labor Rights Movement, also during the early nineteenth century. The research draws upon several primary sources from the Lower East Side Jewish community, as well as the research of historians Susan A. Glenn and Melissa R. Klapper. The Jewish immigrants coming from Eastern Europe had distinctive cultural worldviews that allotted the women of the families a stronger economic presence. This cultural mindset led to a strong support of the Labor Rights and Women’s Suffrage Movements. Not only were they involved with the suffrage movement, but also without the large support of working class Jewish women, the New York Women Suffrage Movement may have not experienced the ultimate success that it did.