Graduation Year

Spring 2014

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis



Reader 1

Julia E Liss

Reader 2

Rita Roberts

Reader 3

Andrew Aisenberg

Rights Information

© 2014 Gillian H. Varney


This is a study of the National Woman’s Party’s Arguments for Woman Suffrage, from 1913 to 1920. This study explores the ways in which the National Woman's Party (NWP) appropriated classed and racially exclusive ideologies to legitimize women’s right to vote; the ways in which the NWP’s arguments for suffrage predicated the empowerment of white middle-class women on the marginalization of non-white and working-class Americans. It investigates the factors that facilitated the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, including World War I and the NWP’s militancy. Additionally, it examines the degree to which the NWP’s arguments for suffrage have fragmented and delegitimized the American feminist movement as well as perpetuated and strengthened white patriarchy in America.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.