Women work

A History of the American Suffragist Movement

By joep001
  • The World Anti-Slavery Convention

    The World Anti-Slavery Convention
    The World Anti-Slavery Convention is held in London. Abolitionists Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton attend, but they are barred from participating in the meeting. This snub leads them to decide to hold a women's rights convention when they return to America.
  • Seneca Falls Convention

    Seneca Falls Convention
    Three hundred people attend the first women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York. Among the attendees are Amelia Bloomer, Charlotte Woodward, and Frederick Douglas. Lucretia Mott's husband James presides. Stanton authors the Declaration of Sentiments, which sets the agenda for decades of women's activism. A larger meeting follows in Rochester.
  • The Civil War

    The Civil War
    Suffrage efforts nearly come to a complete halt as women put their enfranchisement aside and pitch in for the war effort.
  • Eleventh National Women's Rights Convention

    Eleventh National Women's Rights Convention
    The Eleventh National Women's Rights Convention, the first since the beginning of the Civil War, is held in New York City. Lucretia Mott presides over a merger between suffragists and the American Anti-Slavery Association: the new group is called the American Equal Rights Association.
  • National Woman Suffrage Association

    National Woman Suffrage Association
    Stanton and Anthony form the National Woman Suffrage Association; it allows only female membership and advocates for woman suffrage above all other issues. Lucy Stone forms the American Woman Suffrage Association, which supports the Fifteenth Amendment and invites men to participate.
  • Women Of Washington Vote

    Women Of Washington Vote
    Women in the Washington territory are granted full voting rights. Prominent suffragists travel to Liverpool, where they form the International Council of Women. At this meeting, the leaders of the National and American associations work together, laying the foundation for a reconciliation between these two groups.
  • Anthony Out - Catt in

    Anthony retires as the president of the National American and, to the surprise of many, recommends Carrie Chapman Catt as her successor; Catt is elected.
  • "Susan B. Anthony" Amendment

    "Susan B. Anthony" Amendment
    The Senate votes on the "Susan B. Anthony" amendment, but it does not pass.
  • Third Time's A Charm: XIX Amendment

    Third Time's A Charm: XIX Amendment
    For a third time, the House votes to enfranchise women. The Senate finally passes the Nineteenth Amendment, and suffragists begin their ratification campaign.
  • Women Victory

    Women Victory
    Despite the political subversion of anti-suffragists, particularly in Tennessee, three quarters of state legislatures ratify the Nineteenth Amendment on 26 August. American women win full voting rights.