The Path to the 19th Amendment:
Suffrage Leaders in The DuBois Circle
The DuBois Circle, the oldest Black women’s organization in Baltimore, was founded in 1906. The organization is based on principles of knowledge, justice, beauty, and truth.
During the "Votes for Women" suffrage movement, The DuBois Circle supported women’s suffrage and opposed suffrage measures that would enfranchise only elite women.
Women of color were ignored repeatedly by white suffragists. However, the women of color kept fighting for their own rights. Two such women were members of The DuBois Circle, Augusta Chissell and Margaret Gregory Hawkins.
The DuBois Circle Accepts Resolution from the
Baltimore County Council
October 17, 2023