Women's Suffrage

  • Seneca Falls Convention

    After the Seneca Falls Convention, women split between the fourteenth and fifteenth amendments, which granted equal rights to vote to African American men, but excluded women. In 1869 Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton had founded the National Women Suffrage Association (NWSA), which united with another group in 1890 to form the Natuonal American Women Suffrage Association (NAWSA)
  • Illegal Voting

    Susan B. Anthony and other women attempted to vote atleast 150 times in 10 states and the District of Columbia. The Supreme Court ruled in 1875 that women were indeed citizens-but then denied that citizenship automatically conferred the right to vote.
  • Carry Nation and the WCTU

    Prohibitionists groups feared alcohol was undermining American morals. Founded in Cleaveland in 1874, the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) spearheaded the crusade for prohibition. Members advanced their cause by entering saloonsm singinh, praying, and using saloonkeepers to stop selling alcohol. With 245,000 members by 1911, the WCTU became the largest womens group in the nation's history.
    Carry Nation was apart of the WCTU. She walked in saloons, and used her hatchet to destroy liquor
  • NAWSA Formed

    The National American Women Suffrage Association was led by Susan B. Anthonty, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone and Julia Ward Howe. Womens suffrage faced constant opposition. Many men feared the changing role of women in society. The NAWSA had a three-part strategy to gain the right to vote. First, they tried to convence state legislators to give women the right to vote. Second, they pursued court cases to test the 14th amendment. Third, they pushed for a constitutional amendment.
  • Carrie Chapman Catt and New NAWSA Tactics

    The NAWSA finally saw success come within reach as a result of three developments: the increased activism of local groups, the use of bold new strategies to build enthusiasim for the movement, and the rebirth of the national movement under Carrie Chapman Catt.
  • 19th Amendment

    These efforts and America's involvement in WW1, finally made suffrage inevitable. These patriotic women finally gained their reward for supporting the war effort. in 1919, congress passed the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote. 72 years after women had first demended the right to vote at the Seneca Falls convention in 1848