Suffragist Movement

  • the first women's rights convention

    the first women's rights 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.
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    women suffrage

  • Sojourner

    Sojourner Truth delivers her "Ain't I a Woman?" speech at a women's rights convention in Akron, Ohio.
  • woman suffrage above all other issues.

    woman suffrage above all other issues.
    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.
  • Susan B. Anthony

    Susan B. Anthony
    Susan B. Anthony is arrested in Rochester N.Y. for illegal voting. Anthony refused to pay her streetcar fare to the police station because she was "traveling under protest at the government's expense."
  • suffragists are defeated

    suffragists are defeated
    Lucy Stone, Henry Blackwell, Clarina Nichols, and others travel to Kansas to agitate for women's suffrage. After months of campaigning, suffragists are defeated on the fall ballot.
  • Women in the Washington

    Women in the Washington
    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.
  • Suffragist Alice

    Suffragist Alice
    Suffragist Alice Paul organizes 8,000 women for a parade through Washington.
    She becomes the leader of the Congressional Union (CU), a militant branch of the National American association.
  • Woodrow Wilson

    Woodrow Wilson
    Woodrow Wilson promises that the Democratic Party Platform will endorse suffrage. Meanwhile, the CU transforms itself into the National Woman's Party. Montana elects suffragist Jeanette Rankin to the House of Representatives.
  • President Wilson

    President Wilson
    President Wilson issues a statement supporting a federal amendment to grant woman's suffrage. President Wilson addresses the Senate in support of the Nineteenth Amendment, but it fails to win the required 2/3 majority of Senate votes
  • Despite the political

    Despite the political
    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.