Founded in March 2021, the Francis and Virginia Minor Memorial Institute exists as an online archive of information about their lives collected into an easy to use resource. We hope that it will help spread the word about the groundbreaking achievements of these two forgotten suffragists.
In order to keep these pages easy to read, information on this site is not footnoted. However, sources for information are available upon request. Please email Nicole Evelina with any questions. The information in the Learning Center is also a selected bibliography for the site.
In January, the Treasury Department signed the Circulating Collectible Coin Redesign Act of 2020 into law. This law requires the U.S. Mint to issue quarters featuring prominent American women from January 1, 2022 through the end of 2025. The act allows up to five coin designs per year and will feature women who have made significant contributions to U.S. history across a number of fields and categories, including suffrage.
Want to help? Copy the following information and fill out this form to nominate Virginia.
Name: Virginia L. Minor
Year of birth: 1824
Year of death: 1892
Fields: Suffrage, politics
Reason for inclusion: Suffragist, political strategist, and lifelong activist for gender/race race equality, Virginia was the only woman to bring women’s suffrage before the U.S. Supreme Court. She began the world’s first organization dedicated to solely to women’s suffrage two years before Susan B. Anthony and Lucy Stone created theirs. She also created the New Departure, the official strategy of the National Woman’s Suffrage Association from 1868-1875, which said the 14th Amendment gave women the right to vote.