Suffrage Expansion Timeline

  • Conviction of Anne H.

    Anne Hutchinson is convicted of sedition and expelled from the Massachusetts colony for her religious ideas.
  • "Remember the ladies"

    During the second Continental Congress, Abigail Adams entreats her husband John to "remember the ladies" in the new code of laws he is writing.
  • Abigail Adams

    Abigail Adams
  • NJ makes a move

    The colony of New Jersey grants the vote to "all free inhabitants.
  • Stage 1 Voting Requirements

    Only white male adult property-owners have the right to vote
  • Stage 1

    Religious qualifications started to dissapear within the colonies.
  • Religious Tests

    No State has required a religious test for voting since 1810
  • Religious Test

    Religious Test
  • Francis Wright attacks organized religion

    Author Frances Wright travels the United States on a paid lecture tour, perhaps the first ever by a woman. She attacks organized religion for the secondary place it assigns women, and advocates the empowerment of women through divorce and birth control
  • Suffragist Struggle

    American Suffragists first demanded the right to vote, they had a meeting in Seneca Falls, New York.
  • Split Movement

    The territory of Wyoming is the first to grant unrestricted suffrage to women. Arguments over the Fifteenth Amendment lead to a split in the movement
  • News devoted to Suffrage

    Stanton and Anthony have a falling out with longtime ally Horace Greely, editor of the New York Tribune. As a result, Stanton and Anthony begin publishing The Revolution, a weekly newspaper devoted to suffrage and other progressive causes
  • Stage 2

    In order to broaden the electorate there were attempts to eliminate racial descrimination
  • 15th Amendment

    15th Amendment was intended to protect any citizen from being denied the right to vote because of their race or color.
  • Stage 2 Voting Requirements

    15th Amendment gave former male slaves the right to vote, but you must be able to pass the literary test that was created to keep Aferican- Americans out of the polls. Grandfather clause protected white males right to vote.
  • Amendment introuced

    A federal amendment to grant women the right to vote is introduced for the first time by Senator A.A. Sargeant of California
  • Women in Washington Right to 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.
  • Literary Test

    Literary Test used to deny citizens suffrage
  • Literary Test

    Literary Test
    Example of the Literary Test people were forced to take 1890
  • Grandfather Clause

    Allowed those who's grandfathers voted the chance to vote, which excluded many Americans, spicifically Aferican-Americans
  • Women's meeting

    Women from 10 nations meet in Washington, D.C. to plan an international effort for suffrage. Clara Barton is among the distinguished speakers
  • Women's Meeting

    Women's Meeting
    Poster announcing Annual Meeting for women's suffrage
  • Suffragist March

    Suffragist March
  • Wilson issues a statement

    President Wilson issues a statement supporting a federal amendment to grant woman's suffrage
  • Stage 3

    In order to broaden the electorate there were attempts to eliminate sex descrimination
  • 19th Amendment

    19th Amendment prohibited the denial to vote because of one's sex.
  • Stage 3 Voting Requirements

    Womens Suffrage granted
  • Stage 4

    An even stronger atempt to get Aferican Americans equal voting rights
  • Stage 4 Voting Requirements

    Literacy Tests and Poll Texed banished
  • 23rd Amendment

    Added the voters of the District of Columbia to the presidentiall electorate
  • Activist killed

    Voter registration activist Herbert Lee killed in McComb, Mississippi
  • JFK Speech

    President John F. Kennedy makes his historic civil rights speech, promising a bill to Congress the next week. About civil rights for "Negroes", in his speech he asks for "the kind of equality of treatment which we would want for ourselves.
  • 24th Amendment

    Up intill this point people could not vote unless they payed a poll tax, but the Twenty-fourth Amendment abolishes the poll tax for Federal elections.
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965

    The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was put in place in order to create more racial equality in the booths.
  • Stage 5 Voting requirements

    Everybody over the age of 18 can vote, in most states citizens are required to register
  • Stage 5

    Created a wider variety of voters by changing the legal age to vote.
  • 26th Amendment

    26th Amendment provided the right to anybody over the age of 18 to vote.