Woman Suffrage

  • The World Anti-Slavery Convention

    The World Anti-Slavery Convention
    It's 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

    Seneca Falls
    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.
  • Eleventh National Women's Rights Convention

    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.
  • 14th Amendment is passed

    14th Amendment is passed
    The 14th amendment passes granted former slaves the right to vote. The amendment specifies the word “male” officially excluding women’s suffrage. Anthony and Stanton are outraged. Arguments lead to a split in the movement.
  • National Woman Suffrage Association is created

    National Woman Suffrage Association is created
    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.
  • The Arrest

    The Arrest
    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"
  • Washington Women Granted Voting Rights

    Washington Women Granted Voting Rights
    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.
  • The Parade

    The Parade
    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
  • The Change and Promise in Government

    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
  • Success in Gaining Voting Rights

    Success in Gaining Voting Rights
    • Despite the political subversion of anti-suffragists, particularly in Tennessee, three quarters of state legislatures ratify the Nineteenth Amendment. American women win full voting rights.