Grammy-winning songwriter Aoife O’Donovan’s new album “All My Friends” takes listeners back in time using archival documents and sound, tracing the history of women's rights in America.

To bring the story to life, she focused on one pivotal figure in the suffrage movement: Carrie Chapman Catt. In the song “The Right Time,” O'Donovan brings listeners on a journey with Chapman Catt from the Midwest to San Francisco.

“I did want to kind of get into the mind of Carrie Chapman Catt, of coming from the town of Charles City, Iowa, as you know, being obviously brilliant, a brilliant mind, but having to to get past so much,” said O'Donovan, the daughter of the late Brian O'Donovan, the former host of GBH's A Celtic Sojourn. “They [women at the time] really did have to believe in themselves to really overcome the idea that the only job they could possibly have was teaching in a one-room schoolhouse, and that there was nothing beyond that for them.”

Though these are historic concepts, they also resonate today.

O'Donovan said women in the 21st century are also fighting for equal rights, like fair pay and representation in positions of power.

“It's kind of wild to be in 2024 and reading text and reading these archival documents in these speeches from more than 100 years ago and be thinking, well, that — that really could be totally applied to today,” she said.

Aoife O’Donovan's new album, “All My Friends,” comes out March 22.