The Sentate passed the 19th ammendment giving women the right to vote on June 4, 1919. It was ratified on August 26. 1920. The interest in women’s suffrage had begun much earlier.
In a letter dated March 31, 1776, Abigail Adams writes to her husband, John Adams, urging him and the other members of the Continental Congress not to forget about the nation’s women when fighting for America’s independence from Great Britain.
The Woman Suffrage Timeline has it beginning in 1840.
Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton are barred from attending the World Anti-Slavery Convention held in London. This prompts them to hold a Women’s Convention in the US.
Seneca Falls, New York is the location for the first Women’s Rights Convention. Elizabeth Cady Stanton writes “The Declaration of Sentiments” creating the agenda of women’s activism for decades to come.
The first state constitution in California extends property rights to women.
Ironically, Jeannette Rankin from Montana was voted into the House of Representatives before many women could vote. (About 40 states had given women limited rights to vote by 1916.) She voted against the United States entry into World War I and was the only Congressman to vote against the entry into World War II.
Jeannette Pickering Rankin (June 11, 1880 – May 18, 1973) was an American politician and women’s rights advocate, and the first woman to hold federal office in the United States. She was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican from Montana in 1916, and again in 1940.
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