Woman's Suffrage

Woman's Suffrage Movement

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott convened the first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. Three hundred men and women attended this event and Stanton presented her Declaration of Sentiments. Modeled after the Declaration of Independence, the Declaration of Sentiments stated that “all men and women are created equal” and argued for equal voting rights for both sexes.

The 15th Amendment, ratified in 1870, granted the vote to black men, but failed to grant that same right to women. As a result, the women’s suffrage movement split. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony formed the National Woman Suffrage Association, which sought to enfranchise women through federal legislation. The NWSA wanted the 15th Amendment altered to include the vote for women. Lucy Stone started the American Woman Suffrage Association, which supported the 15th Amendment and which sought to enfranchise women through state legislation. In 1920, at long last, American women gained the right to vote when Congress ratified the 19th amendment.

New Zealand gave women the vote in 1893. Great Britain gave the ballot to women over 30 in 1918 and to all women in 1928. Sweden didn't give women the vote until 1971. In Saudi Arabia and Vatican City, a traditionally male environment, women still can’t vote.

Web Resources

By Popular Demand: "Votes for Portraits of suffrage movement leaders as well as photographs and cartoons

Catt Collection of Suffrage Photos
Rich collection of 1157 photos and political cartoons donated by suffrage leader Carrie Chapman Catt

Pictures of Women’s Suffrage Movement
Cartoons, photos, and posters of suffrage movement from 1912-1920

Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth bio containing her renowned "Ain't I a Woman" speech

Suffrage History
Biographies of suffrage movement leaders and timeline of suffrage events.

The National American Woman Suffrage Association
Photos and text relating role of Bryn Mawr College students and alumni in suffrage movement

This Shall Be the Land for Women: The Struggle for Western Women's Suffrage, 1860-1920
Women of the West Museum web site focused on the suffrage movement in the western United States. Numerous pictures.

Timeline and World Chronology: Women's Access to Rights to Vote and to Stand for Elections
Global suffrage timeline from 1788 to 1994

Upstate New York and the Women's Rights Movement
Focused on history of suffrage movement in New York with information on suffrage conventions and suffragettes

Wisconsin Historical Images
57 images including photos and posters

Votes for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection, 1848-1921
Online access to 167 primary documents related to women's suffrage

What Were the Major Arguments For and Against Granting Women Equal Rights in the 1800s?
Links, questions for discussion, and timelines

Women Suffrage and the 19th Amendment
National Archives web site targeted toward teachers and students that contains links to primary sources including a petition from Susan B. Anthony to Congress and a photo of a suffrage poster from 1918

World Suffrage Timeline: Women and the Vote
1776 to 1994 World Suffrage Timeline

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