VOTE! The Life and Work of Sadie Jacobs Crockin

Vote! The Life and Work of Sadie Jacobs Crockin 1879-1965

As a woman, an American, and a Jew, Sadie Jacobs Crockin championed many causes.  Throughout her life, she brought women together in organizations that empowered diverse Americans to participate fully in civic life.  Crockin exemplified the college-educated, progressive “New Woman” of her day who joined women’s club for self-improvement and to effect social change.  Under her leadership, the Baltimore chapter of the League of Women Voters helped women exercise their newly won right to vote.  She was the founding president of the Baltimore chapter of Hadassah, the first Zionist women’s organization.  Once she had firmly established these and other organizations locally, Crockin achieved statewide prominence as an advocate for social justice and women’s rights.

Exhibition opened on Sunday, December 12, 2010.

This exhibition commemorated the 90th anniversary of the League of Womens Voters of Baltimore City

Vote! The Life and Work of Sadie Jacobs Crockin 1879-1965 exhibit brochure.

Vote! The Life and Work of Sadie Jacobs Crockin 1879-1965 exhibit brochure.

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Exhibit Objects:

Equal Suffrage League plaque, 1910s. Courtesy of the League of Women Voters of Baltimore.

The Equal Suffrage League was one of the two major suffrage organizations in Maryland during the decade prior to passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. It went out of existence in 1920 as women turned their attention to forming the League of Women Voters.

Fluted presentation vase, 1931. Courtesy of Arthur C. and Sally T. Grant, L2010.14.24.

The Baltimore chapter of the League of Women Voters presented this vase to Sadie Crockin upon completion of her eleventh year as president.

League of Women Voters Scrapbook, 1922-1945, courtesy of the League of Women Voters of Baltimore.

Modest in appearance but diverse in scope, the materials in this scrapbook document the wide-ranging programs of the Baltimore League of Women Voters during its first two decades.

Notebook, c.1915, courtesy of Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Baltimore Chapter.

Sadie Crockin used this datebook to draft speeches and meeting agendas, account for pledges and donations, and keep track of committee lists during her presidency of Hadassah, Baltimore Chapter.

Silver presentation bowl, 1930, courtesy of Arthur C. and Sally T. Grant, L2010.14.24.

The League of Women Votes presented this bowl to Sadie Crockin at the end of her service as president.

Report on the American Jewish Congress, 1918, courtesy of Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Baltimore Chapter.

These pages are Sadie Crockin’s notes for an oral report on the first American Jewish Congress, which she attended as one of five delegates elected from Baltimore. Crockin’s report vividly describes the diversity of the delegates and the historic proceedings, which aimed to secure “full rights” for Jews around the world, including in Palestine.

Silver Vase, 1903, courtesy of Arthur C. and Sally T. Grant, L2010.14.24.

Emil Crockin gave this vase in the Baltimore repousse style to Sadie when they were married.

Testimonial book, 1956, courtesy of Arthur C. and Sally T. Grant, L2010.14.24.

Commemorating a luncheon held in Sadie Crockin’s honor at Baltimore’s Park Plaza Hotel, this volume contains inscribed autographs and verses, telegrams, cards, notes, and newspaper clippings. Among those who contributed to the book are Lavinia Engle, Bertha Szold Levin, Rabbi Israel Goldman, Esther Lazarus, Hilda Blaustein, Gertrude Saxon, Rosa Kolker, Anne and Able Wolman, and Rachel Skutch.

Gold medallion, 1898, courtesy of Arthur C. and Sally T. Grant, L2010.14.24.

Sadie Jacobs won this medallion for “Best Address” at her graduation from Randolph Macon Women’s College.