Elisa Miller


In “Uncovering the Lives of Ordinary Rhode Island Suffragists,” Elisa Miller explores the lives and work Rhode Island woman suffragists who were active in the first two decade of the twentieth century. This diverse group of women activists devised new organizations, strategies, and innovative forms of agitation as scores of dedicated workers infused the Rhode Island woman suffrage movement in this period. Miller pays particular attention to African-American woman suffragists, and others who have been left out of traditional accounts. She describes the activities and work that resulted in Rhode Island women gaining presidential suffrage in 1917 and full suffrage with the ratification of the nineteenth amendment (Rhode Island ratified the nineteenth amendment in January 1920). Miller is an associate professor in the Department of History and the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at Rhode Island College. She is the state coordinator for the Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States.