Women's Suffrage Movement

  • Seneca Falls Convention

    Women split over the fourteenth and fifteenth amendments, which granted equal rights including the right ti vote to African American men, but excluded women. Susan B. Anthony, a leading proponent of woman suffrage, the right to vote, said " I would sonner cut off my right hand than ask the ballot bank for the black man and not the women."
  • Illeagal Voteing

    Women pursued courtcases to test the Fourteenh Amendment, which declared that staes denying their male citizens the right to vote would lose congressional representations. In 1871 and 1872, Susan B. Anthony and other women tested that question by attemping to vote at least 150 times in ten states and the district of columbia.
  • Carry Nation and the WCTU

    The Woman's Christian Temperance Union spearheaded the crusade for prohibition. Members advanced their cause by entering saloons, singing, praying, and urging saloonkeepers to stop selling alcohol. Frances Willard transformed the group into to a national organization. WCTU followed Willard's slogan "do everything" and began opening kindergartens for immigrants, visitinginmates in prisons and asylums, and working for suffage.
  • NAWSA Formed

    Anthony and Elizabeth Cady had founded the NWSA, which united with another group in 1890 to become NAWSA. Other leaders included Lucy Stone and Julia Ward Howe, the author of " The Battle Hymn of the Republic" Woman suffrage faced constant oppostition. The liquor industtry feared the women would vote to support prohibition, while textile industry worried that women would vote for restrictions on child labor. Many men simply feared the changing role of women in society.
  • Carrie Chapman Catt and New NAWSA Tactics

    Champman Catt consentrated on five tactics: 1. Painstaking organization; 2. close ties between local, state , and national workers; 3. establishing a wide base of suppor; 4. cautious lobbying; and 5. gracious, ladylike behavior.
  • 19th Amendment

    The ninetenth amendment, was passed granting women the right to vote. The amendment won final ratification August 1920-72 years after women had first convened and demanded the right at the Seneca Falls convention in 1848