Document Type

Student Presentation

Presentation Date



College of Arts and Sciences


English Department

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Tara Penry


We are studying how women writers who were published in The Atlantic Monthly influenced women readers and the women’s suffrage movement in the post-Civil War period. Specifically, we will be looking at publications between 1865 and 1900. This project is important to us because we are both women who are interested in literature and want to shed light on how women influenced what we read today as well as our rights to vote and be heard. If it were not for strong female writers and our nation’s women’s suffrage movement, then neither of us would be able to share this research with our peers today. Our project will be a culmination of historical evidence that we hope will inspire those who lay eyes upon it at the conference. Our project will be in the format of a poster with our research gathered from primary and secondary sources. We will be accessing the Albertsons Library’s microfilms and online archives of The Atlantic Monthly issues from 1865 to 1900 and reading the publications of writers such as Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Julia Ward Howe, and Emily Dickinson. In addition to the primary publications, we will be using the America: History and Life, MLA International Bibliography and other similar databases to learn more about the history and life of the women authors who influenced reading and writing in our country today.