Women's Suffrage Movement in the U.S.

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  • First Women's Rights Meeting

    The first Women's Rights meeting is held in Seneca Falls, New York. 68 women and 32 men sign a "Decalaration of Sentiments", which outlines grievances and sets the agenda for the women's rights movement. This Declaration included conditions like women not being considered "civily dead" once they were married.
  • First National Convention

    The first National Women's Rights Convention takes place in Worcester, Mass., attracting more than 1,000 participants. The purpose of this convention was to "to secure for [woman] political, legal, and social equality with man, until her proper sphere is determined by what alone should determine it, her powers and capacities, strengthened and refined by an education in accordance with her nature."
  • National Women's Sufferage Association

    Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton form the National Woman Suffrage Association. The primary goal of the organization is to achieve voting rights for women by means of a Congressional amendment to the Constitution.
  • First sufferage law passed

    The territory of Wyoming passes the first women's suffrage law. The following year, women begin serving on juries in the territory.
  • Victoria Woodhull Addresses Congress

    Victoria Woodhull sddressed Congress fighting for the womens right to vote. She had declared that women already had the right to vote under the 14th and 15th Amendment, and that the Congress was committing unconstitutional actions by not allowing women to vote. Speaches and actions like this are what lead to women gainging the right to vote.
  • Women given right to vote

    Colorado is the first state to adopt an amendment granting women the right to vote. Utah and Idaho follow suit in 1896, Washington State in 1910, California in 1911, Oregon, Kansas, and Arizona in 1912, Alaska and Illinois in 1913, Montana and Nevada in 1914, New York in 1917; Michigan, South Dakota, and Oklahoma in 1918.
  • WTUL Founded

    The National Women's Trade Union League (WTUL) is established to advocate for improved wages and working conditions for women in Boston MA.
  • National Women's Party formed

    Alice Paul and Lucy Burns form the Congressional Union to work toward the passage of a federal amendment to give women the vote. The group is later renamed the National Women's Party. Members picket the White House and practice other forms of civil protest.
  • Women's Suffrage Amendment passed

    The federal woman suffrage amendment, originally written by Susan B. Anthony and introduced in Congress in 1878, is passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate. It is then sent to the states for ratification.
  • Womens Bureau of Department of Labor forms

    The Women's Bureau of the Department of Labor is formed to collect information about women in the workforce and safeguard good working conditions for women.
  • 19th Amendment signed into law

    The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote, is signed into law by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby.